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The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium is one of the south's largest examples of Art Deco, and is a beautiful memorial to the city's past. For over ten years, from 1948 to 1958, it was the home of KWKH's "Louisiana Hayride" - a show known as the "Cradle of the Stars" that launched the musical careers of giants in the industry such as Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

The Hayride is where Colonel Parker first saw Elvis Presley performing on the stage. In fact, the performance that he witnessed inspired him to by out the young man's contract so that he could start representing the singer.

Built in 1929, the Auditorium is five stories, 129,000 square feet, and is constructed of brick and limestone...
it's beautiful, stately, and majestic - there's no other way to describe it.

All that, and it has a little ghostly activity as well. A worker reported a woman's moaning coming from the Ladies' Restroom - no one died in the area, but during the Hayride years, a patron went into labor and gave birth there. Some think that it is a residual of that incident.

For a time, the basement of the auditorium was used as the city morgue, and as you can imagine, there have been several ghostly incidents there as well... mostly strange feelings reported by the people walking through.

People on the stage have reported hearing applause when the auditorium was empty, or the musical sounds of an orchestra tuning up. In other places there are the sounds of doors opening and closing, and many EVPs have been captured in the building.
Both historical and ghost tours of the building are available; for more information, visit the auditorium's website: www.stageofstars.com.



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