Carrollton Theater

4710 S. Carrollton Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70118

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Carrollton Theater Before Early 60's fire and 1968 Renovation

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The Carrollton Theatre was opened prior to 1916. It was destroyed by fire in 1936. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1936, located on Carrollton Avenue at Canal Street, it was a classic Art Deco style house. It was unfortunately renovated in the 1960’s thus destroying the classic 1930’s entrance. (Why did people think this was progress?)

It eventually ended its run as an off the wall college house showing Marx Bros. movies until the wee hours. Before Katrina, it was a banquet/wedding reception hall. This theater took between eight and ten feet of water after Katrina passed. It is now in use as a medical center for senior citizens.

Contributed by Michael J. Rouillier

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spectrum on February 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

From the website listed above in the 1st comment, the Carrolton is now a banquet hall. It appears it is now back in business after Katrina. Looks quite nice inside and I can see the shape of the original auditorium. Nice decor, almost better than when it was a cinema.

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 9:23 am

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.

Cajundweeb on December 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Through much of the 1970s, this theatre showed a lot of porn. It is now the home of a JenCare clinic for senior citizens. The banquet hall closed after Katrina.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2014 at 10:05 am

Mary Lou Widmer’s New Orleans in the Thirties says that the Carrollton Theatre opened in 1936, replacing an earlier house of the same name that had burned in 1935. The original Carrollton was in operation by 1916, when it was mentioned in the February 26 issue of The Moving Picture World.

WTKFLHN on February 17, 2015 at 11:44 am

Th Carrollton operated as a revival house in the 1970’s. I can remember taking my wife to see “the Harvey Girls”, and “The Toast of New Orleans” with Mario Lanza back then. This was before the advent of cable tv.

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