New Orleans is known in the film industry as “Hollywood South” and for good reason. The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, The Green Lantern, A Street Car Named Desire, Runaway Jury, and Déjà Vu are just a smattering of the films made here. Then there are the movie stars who have called NOLA home: Brangelina, Patricia Clarkson, John Goodman, and Tyler Perry, to name a few. Don’t forget the movie-actress next door, Sandra Bullock. She adopted Warren Easton Charter High School, and her son Louis (named for famed trumpeter Louis Armstrong), both from New Orleans.
“Hollywood South” is the perfect home for exceptional theaters; we have 3 of them. Seeing a movie here is an experience unto itself.
Entergy IMAX® Theatre
The wonders of nature are magnified at Entergy IMAX® Theatre, where larger-than-life adventures explode with the help of the world’s most advanced motion picture technology. The theater is located next door to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and is one of the finest motion picture systems in the world featuring a special six-channel, multi-speaker sound system and a silver screen reaching five-and-a-half stories tall.
“Hurricane on the Bayou”, an amazing IMAX film, tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and the impact that Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands has on hurricane protection. It also shows the survival of a region, the rebirth of nature and the spirit of humanity. It is a hopeful and beautiful film, a must-see!
New Orleans Film Society
The New Orleans Flim Society does not have its own theater, but it partners with other institutions and organization to host to the New Orleans Film Festival, French Film Festival, New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival, and many other year round events and programs. Click here for more info.
The Prytania Theater
The Prytania Theatre is the only single-screen Movie Theatre in Louisiana. It is also the oldest operating theatre in New Orleans and was opened in 1915. It was recently renovated and sports new seating, a renovated lobby, a huge screen, and a state-of the art-sound and projection system. In addition to showing first-run films and to hosting many film festivals, The Prytania Theatre has regular Midnite Movie screenings and midday Classic Movie screenings. The Prytania Theatre is a New Orleans gem.
The Theaters at Canal Place
Located inside the upscale Canal Place shopping center, this theater complex is like no other in New Orleans. The Theaters at Canal Place is posh and high-tech with an art deco lobby and digital technology at every turn. In addition to regular concessions, the establishment serves food such as hummus, pizzas and panini. Guests can also enjoy goodies from Southern Candymakers (pralines and sweets) and Angelo Brocato (cookies), two New Orleans institutions of sweetdom. When they want an adult beverage, they can go to the the bar (yes, bar) that serves beer, wine, and cocktails.
Moviegoers can reserve their seats in advance and enjoy the high-back leather rockers once they get there, half of which are each equipped with a swing-out table that includes a red call button which patrons can use to summon a staff member for assistance or to place an order for more food or drink.
Ticket prices are as follows: Monday – Thursday $12; Friday – Sunday $14. Bonus: The very first show of every day is only $10. 3-D films have an additional $3 charge. Please note: no one under the age of 18 is permitted in The Theaters at Canal Place at anytime for any reason. IDs are checked.
Zeitgeist Multi- Disciplinary Arts Center
Although Zeitgeist is not strictly a movie house, it warrants a mention here because it continuously shows art house films you won’t find anywhere else in New Orleans. Located in the historic Oretha Castle Haley corridor, Zeitgeist is a treasure for movie lovers everywhere. For more info call 504- 827-5858 (recording) or 504-352-1150 (real person) or visit http://www.zeitgeistinc.net/.