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Flashback Photo: Hollywood's Gilded Age

By Selena Fragassi


New Orleans is a beacon of culture—where jazz and zydeco were born and Cajun food and French traditions first came Stateside. So it’s no wonder the city also had connections to old Hollywood with the Joy Theatre. Originally opened in 1947, and one of the four original theaters in the downtown district, it was the first movie palace to be built after the Great Depression and World War II, signifying modern progression and a hope for the future thanks to its advanced features like the neon marquee and art deco architecture. During its first two years, a peak time for movie-going in America, the theater welcomed nearly 90 million patrons annually with many patrons riding the street cars from surrounding neighborhoods to downtown Canal Street.

Today, the Joy Theatre is a historical landmark that provides a link to the past while staying current. After sweeping renovations to preserve and update the building, the theater hosts 10,000 square feet of multipurpose space for concerts, comedy shows, and dramatic productions, while also providing a unique space for meetings and events for up to 1,200 guests. Some amenities include high-tech sound and lighting systems, a built-in stage, and flexible seating plans.

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Joy Theatre
New Orleans, LA
(504) 528.9569 or (504) 259.9421