Jeff Drive-In

4000 Jefferson Highway,
Metairie, LA 70002

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This drive-in opened in 1948 with the name Drive-In Movies, which was on the sign on Jefferson Highway. Above the words were animated neon cars moving inward toward the box-office. The theatre held 400 cars.

At some point, the theatre became known as the Jeff Drive-In. It was built and operated by the Woolner Brothers, who sold it to Gulf States Theatres sometime in the 1960’s.

The Jeff Drive-In was the last drive-in theatre to operate in the greater New Orleans area, closing in 1983.

The closing manager was Bob Buras, former manager of the Algiers Drive-In, with assistance from his son, Bobby Buras.

The site of the Jeff Drive-In is now an apartment complex.

Contributed by Michael Hurley

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joysmovies
joysmovies on January 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Here’s a couple of Jeff Drive-In photos:
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joysmovies
joysmovies on January 24, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Here’s an ad for a movie playing at the Jeff Drive-In, and other theatres from 1963:
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ArthurHardy
ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 12:56 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

This opened on May 5th, 1948. The drive-in’s site is now a school and field.

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