Pitt Theatre

6201 Elysian Fields Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70122

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1949 photo courtesy of Henry F. Beck.

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The Pitt Theatre opened in 1949, and seated 1100. It stood at the corner of Elysian Fields Avenue and Robert E. Lee Boulevard.

The theater, later divided into four screens, operated until 1995. It has since been razed. A Walgreens has been constructed on the site. Any additional information on the Pitt would be appreciated.

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joysmovies on January 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Here’s an ad for the Pitt and Tiger (sister theatres) from 1963:
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joysmovies on January 30, 2008 at 11:57 pm

Here is another photo of the Pitt probably from the early 50’s.

atpaine on June 21, 2008 at 12:00 am

The Pitt was a great theater until they started dividing and sub-dividing it. You can’t blame the owners as to make money you needed more than one screen by the 70s. Nevertheless, it was a great theater when it was a single screen. I can remember seeing “The Jungle Book” there among others.

meflaherty on September 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I remember going to the Pitt as a child in the 50’s. Mostly went to matinees at Pitt, Tiger, and Fox. They were great movie houses in their day. I grew up on Lafaye St. off Robert E. Lee (used to be Hibernia Avenue back in the day).

Remember the snowball stand in front of the house next door on Elysian Fields? We used to stop there coming home from the beach.

TLSLOEWS on June 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Interesting looking theatre.

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

AlexaK on June 23, 2010 at 12:50 am

This was my closest neighborhood theatre in 1950s and 1960s. Can’t tell you how many hours and how much money I spent there. So many fond memories. Also frequented the Tiger and the Fox. We went from attending with our parents, to attending the kiddie matinees, to going as teenagers, then going there on dates. We saw so many wonderful movies (and terrible movies, too) in those theatres.

The Pitt managers and workers were the best, always friendly and helpful. At the time, it still had only one screen but it was the best. In later years, live theatre performances were housed there.

AlexaK on June 23, 2010 at 12:52 am

I do remember the snowball stand across NY St. from the theatre. We went there often. Thanks for mentioning Parker Drugs. I was trying to remember the name of that drugstore not long ago. They had a great soda fountain.

rivest266 on August 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

March 23rd 1949 has been uploaded in the photo section of this theatre’s page.

rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Also uploaded the April 5th, 1985 grand opening ad as a 4-plex

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