Joy's Panorama

3939 Airline Highway,
Metairie, LA 70001

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Joy's Panorama

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Suburban movie theatre located on Airline Highway in Metairie LA, in Jefferson Parish. It was built and opened in August 1967 as a free standing twin screen cinema.

Owned and operated by the local Joy’s chain which also operated a few other theatres, notably the Joy’s Cinema City 6, which was really the very first large multi-plex cinema in New Orleans. Joy’s had no affiliation or relationship to the landmark downtown New Orleans Joy Theatre as many thought.

Joy’s Panorama was closed in 1996, and after a fire, was demolished in 1999.

Contributed by craig trent

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jazzland on August 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I went to the Panorama only twice, both times in 1976 or ‘77. Once I went to see “Jaws” in a second run. I remember that “American Graffiti” was still showing to full houses at the Panorama at that time. The second time that I went I saw “The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday”. I had heard that this theatre was once a bowling alley. I don’t know if that is correct.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Haven’t heard “GREAT SCOUT” in a long time.I played it.

rivest266 on August 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Be careful, There was an Panorama theatre that opened downtown on August 14th, 1953

rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

This opened on August 17th,1967. Ad with picture uploaded here.

rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

This was converted to four screens in 1970 and six in 1985. An 1987 ad gives the 3929 or (3939)Airline address.

WTKFLHN on February 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I can remember going too “Rollercoaster” with Timothy Bottoms there. The theatre was one of the few if not the only, to install the Sensesurround system the emphasized the bass notes and shook in your seats. They also played a movie called “Earthquake” that used that process.

nolaboy70 on March 5, 2015 at 9:46 am

I worked at the Panorama theater in 1990 as a ticket taker. By that time the theater was run down. This was the summer that the first run theaters stopped selling their movies to the “Dollar Theaters” thereby effectively putting them out of business. I remember seeing so many movies there. “Grease”, “It’s Alive”, “Roller Coaster”, “Phantom of the Paradise”. It was sad to see it’s decline before they closed down for good. The last movie I saw there was “People Under The Stairs”.

WTKFLHN on September 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm

I can remember seeing one of the worst movies ever made at the Panorama. I think the name of it was “Candy”. That movie looked like they had swept up the cutting room floor, spliced it together and sent it out and called it a movie. There was no plot, no story, no nothing. You kept thinking that something was going to happen that would make all make sense. But nothing ever did. I talked to friend whoa had seen it, too. And he had the same impression.

Jvmills on December 19, 2015 at 3:34 am

Big, I have fond memories of the Joy. Saturday’s was kiddie day..matinees for .25 cents, then became a $1 cinema. Monster movies, cartoon movies. When I was in college it was the best place to go for entertainment. Toward the end of its tenure for me…1982…it was kinda grungy and smelled real bad.

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