Film Classic: NOLA’s Historic Prytania Theatre

If you’re a movie buff, then you’ll want to pay homage to one of the great film houses of the South, New Orleans’ Prytania Theatre.

Originally built in 1914, the Prytania Theatre has had its share of drama over the years—and not just up on the screen. In 1926 fire engulfed the structure—which at the time showed silent movies—and caused damages that amounted to $10,000, which was devastating for a building valued at $15,000. But passion prevailed and the theater was soon rebuilt better than ever, with a new facade, an elegant red velvet and brass lobby, and a spiffy new organ.

Last year, the Prytania Theatre celebrated its 100 birthday, a testament to a loyal following year after year. The iconic theater is a prized structure in its Uptown neighborhood, and continues to thrive as the only single-screen theater in Louisiana.

Love classic movies? This place still shows them every Wednesday and Sunday (you can check the schedule online). But you can also catch the latest and greatest films here as well. And for all you Oscar watchers, the Prytania will be hosting an Academy Awards Watching Party on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Prytania Theatre
5339 Prytania Street, New Orleans

The theatre is a 10-minute Uber or taxi ride from Avenue Inn. If you’re looking for a good place to have a drink or dinner before or after a show, check with Joe or Bebe.  They’ll be happy to give you suggestions. Don’t have a reservation yet? Give us a call!

Photos courtesy of Prytania Theatre.

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