Joy's Panorama

3939 Airline Highway,
Metairie, LA 70001

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August 17th,1967 grand opening ad

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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.

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AUdubon5425
AUdubon5425 on January 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Joy’s Panorama closed in 1996. The building caught fire in January 1999 and was torn down that year.

The theater faced east on the property now occupied by an Auto Zone, Rally’s and Chevron station on Airline between Manson and Cleary.

ArthurHardy
ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

THEREâ€\S ONE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
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.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 31, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I am sure many great movies played here are four that played in 1978.

“THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT part 2”

“COMA”

“ANNIE HALL”

“SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER” it was $1.00 to all from 1:00 till 1:30 pm till capacity on all four movies.

jazzland
jazzland on August 31, 2010 at 5:07 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 10:32 pm

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

rivest266
rivest266 on August 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

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

rivest266
rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

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

rivest266
rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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

WTKFLHN
WTKFLHN on February 6, 2014 at 5:52 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.

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