Aereon Theatre

3345 Metairie Road,
Metairie, LA 70001

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I do not know who originally owned the Aereon Theatre, but sometime in the 1960’s, it was acquired by Joy’s Theatres Inc.

The Aereon Theatre opened prior to 1950 as a 1,000-seat single screen, then twinned, and then Joy’s added to the left side of the building to have a third screen.

The Aereon Theatre had an old Manley popcorn machine with a glass kettle, where you could see the popcorn popping. The manager of the theatre for the last several years was Lois Walsh, a school teacher, and one of Joy Houck’s former wives.

Something odd about this theatre, in theatre #2, there was only one projector, running with 6000' (one hour) reels, so at the end of the third reel, there would be an intermission for a reel change.

I believe the Aereon Thetare closed in 1981, and Mrs. Walsh moved to manage Joy’s Panorama Theatre.

Contributed by Michael Hurley

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Cajundweeb
Cajundweeb on June 4, 2010 at 9:01 pm

My mother and I remember going to the Aereon on Sundays after church and watching some good movies (the big hits that, if you went to some of the big chains would coust 5 and 6 bucks to get in) for a buck.

The Aereon closed in the mid to late 1980s and was demolished. A CVS/Pharmacy stands on the site today.

ArthurHardy
ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 3:51 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.

Cajundweeb
Cajundweeb on August 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Quick update: As to the number of screens, by the time the Aereon closed, it went from 3 to 6 screens with an addition on it west side.

jamiejoyhouck
jamiejoyhouck on October 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Cajundweeb, Hello, My name is Jamie Joy Houck. My grandfather, Joy Houck, owned the Joy’s Aereon. I worked there from 1978 until the theatre closed in April of 1982. It was originally a two house theatre and one addition was added in 1972 making it a three house. I believe you are confusing the addition to the Joy’s Panorama on Airline Highway.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

The caption of a 1949 photo of the Aereon Theatre on this web page says that it was built in 1948. I remember the 1949 re-release of the movie San Francisco advertised on the Aereon’s marquee. It also played at my neighborhood theater around that time.

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