Robert E. Lee Theatre

133 Robert E. Lee Boulevard,
New Orleans, LA 70124

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Robert E. Lee Theatre

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Another Lakeview area theatre, located on Robert E. Lee Boulevard in a small shopping center many simply referred to as the Robert E. Lee center.(also had a Canal Villere grocery store, popular Chinese Restaurant China Rose, and a Walgreens). The theatre opened in 1969.

It is a large glass facade building with a grand elegant lobby setting reminiscent of a grand riverboat…very elegant in a 1970’s manner. Had a great sign above the building that flashed Robert E. Lee, in riverboat style letters. Always remained a large single screen house which served a mostly upscale suburban clientele.

The Robert E. Lee Theatre closed in 1991, its last operators were General Cinema Theatres. It was demolished in August 2009.

Contributed by craig trent, Lost Memory

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atpaine on June 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm

The Robert E. Lee hosted some great movies in its day. I saw the Poseidon Adventure, the Towering Inferno, Star Trek the Motion Picture, and many others at this great theater. If you lived on the Lakefront and wanted to see a top line movie on the big screen….the Robert E. Lee was it. Unfortunately, as with all single screen theaters, it couldn’t keep up with the multiplex’s. But I still think of it as one of the best movie theaters I ever experienced.


BigEasyBarry on August 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm

The Robert E. Lee was demolished last week. According to an article in the Times Picyune, it opened in 1965. I saw The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, The Excorcist, For Pete’s Sake, Harold and Maude and many other great films at this theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Louis Malle’s “PRETTY BABY” set in New Orleans opened at the Robert E.Lee Theatre. $1.50 before 1:45pm. Last show was at 9:30pm. Wonder what kind of business it did.

TLSLOEWS on June 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

Another single screen gone.

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 12:45 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.

rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

This opened on October 20th, 1965, teaser ad has been uploaded.

KennyCagle on June 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

I have many fond memories of the Robert E. Lee. I drove from Gulfport MS several times to see films on their big screen. I saw Aliens and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom there in 70MM and I still have the one-sheet from Blue Velvet they were giving away during its run.

Lebergeron on September 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

The last operator was General Cinema. I was the manager of the Lee from early 1985 to 1988. Kenny, I was there during Aliens and Blue Velvet. Many people wanted to buy the 5 huge riverboat type chandeliers, the portrait of General Lee and the matching victorian love seats in the 2 story glass fronted lobby. Also, it was the only theatre that I know of that had a copper concession stand.

JoeLeydon on May 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Here is a link to something I posted about the Robert E. Lee after I heard about its demolition.

Cajundweeb on December 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm

I remember seeing the Jessica Lange version of “King Kong” there. In the roof, they stuck a statue (?) of Kong climbing the World Trade Center. Impressive sight from the parking lot.

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