Massive family-focused entertainment complex in works for old Tinseltown site _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Demolition of the old Tinseltown theater will make way for a proposed Main Event entertainment complex that will feature bowling and laser tag at the Siegen Lane Marketplace.

Workers from American Construction tear down the Tinseltown sign Tuesday morning. Crews have spent nearly three weeks demolishing the theater, which has largely been empty since since late 2007, when parent company Cinemark USA opened a new theater in nearby Perkins Rowe.

A spokeswoman for Olshan Properties, which owns the Siegen Lane Marketplace that Tinseltown is part of, said there is no news to report on the theater site.

Tinseltown opened in 1996 and was the first theater in Baton Rouge to offer stadium-style seating.