Delta Theatre

3319 Florida Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70126

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Grand opening ad from January 25th, 1946

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The Delta Theatre was a neighborhood theatre that catered to African-American patrons. It was located on Florida Avenue and Desire Parkway, bordering the Desire Housing Development and opened in 1946.

The Delta Theatre was owned by Pittman Theatres, and closed in the early-to-mid-1960’s. Although I later worked for Pittman Theatres, I have little information on this theatre.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 23, 2008 at 9:47 am

Here is a photo of a Delta Theater from the Historic New Orleans Collection. Would that be a photo of this theater?

joysmovies
joysmovies on June 30, 2008 at 9:48 am

Yes, this is the correct Delta Theatre. If I remember correctly, it was demoshed in the late 70’s, although it closed in the 60’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm

The February 2, 1946, issue of Boxoffice said that the Pittman Brothers' Delta Theatre had opened on January 25. The first movie shown was “Anchors Aweigh.”

ArthurHardy
ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 12:51 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

January 25th, 1946 ad has now uploaded to this page. It was a theatre for whites and blacks.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

The entry for architect Emile Fuhrmann in the 1956 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the Delta Theatre at New Orleans as one of his projects from the year 1945.

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