National Theatre

5936 Magazine Street,
New Orleans, LA 70115

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The National Theatre was located on Magazine Street between Eleonore Street and State Street. It was in operation prior to 1941. The theatre was closed around 1980.

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nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on October 6, 2009 at 9:21 am

I’m a Three Stooges Fan Club member, trying to confirm a personal appearance by the “3” Stooges (Moe Larry and Shemp), on a bill with Wee Bonnie Baker, the Barretts and Don Hooton, after an appearance by the A.B. Marcus Revue. The movie “Queen of Burlesque” was also shown. I have a display ad, but no dates (or town shown). Believe it was the Summer of 1946, and may have been Shemp’s first appearance after Curly’s strokes. The National was advertised as air cooled and showed a phone number of JA-7863.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks Frank Reighter

MaddCoww
MaddCoww on November 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm

No, it hasn’t been demolished. The shell of the building is still there, and it now houses apartments. In its latter days as a movie house, it was named the Plaza, and when the Plaza 4 cinemas opened in Lake Forest, there was some confusion. The “old” Plaza played foreign and art films mostly, roughly comparable to what the Gentilly Orleans showed. I am talking about late sixties and early seventies. I believe it had ceased operating as a cinema by around 1980.

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