Joy's Panorama

3939 Airline Highway,
Metairie, LA 70001

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BillyShores18 on June 12, 2016 at 8:32 am

By the mid 1990’s this theatre and the other two Joy’s theatres were owned by Movies Inc. Theatres later Silver Cinemas along with the Plazas Cinema 5 formerly 4 , La Place twin later expanded to seven screens like Chalmette Cinema originally had nine screens today it had six screens with stadium seating.

BillyShores18 on June 12, 2016 at 8:27 am

I remember seeing plenty of movies at this theatre I also remember the women’s restroom is located upstairs and two sets of men’s restrooms were downstairs. One side of the theatre had two screens while the other side had lengthy hallway connecting four other screens.

Jvmills on December 19, 2015 at 1:34 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.

WTKFLHN on September 7, 2015 at 2:45 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.

nolaboy70 on March 5, 2015 at 7:46 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 February 6, 2014 at 2:52 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.

rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

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

rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 7:06 am

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

rivest266 on August 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm

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

jazzland on August 31, 2010 at 2:07 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 August 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm

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




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

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 12:38 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.

AUdubon5425 on January 23, 2009 at 3:33 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.