Carver Theater

2101 Orleans Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70116

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The Carver Theater opened on September 29, 1950 with John Wayne in “The Sands of Iwo Jima” and “Unknown Island”. It was named after the famed negro educator and scientist George Washington Carver. It was built specifically to cater for a negro audience and was designed by Dallas based architect Jack Corgan. All seating was on a single floor.

The Carver Theater closed around 1980. The building was last used as a health clinic until it was flooded by hurricane Katrina. The Carver Theater is currently (2009) being renovated.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Here are two photos from 2008:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998

Carver Theater (added 1998 – Building – #98001078)
2101 Orleans Ave., New Orleans

Historic Significance: Event
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Black
Period of Significance: 1950-1974
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Health Care
Current Sub-function: Medical Business/Office

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm

This list of historic New Orleans buildings attributes the design of the Carver Theatre to the firm of August Perez & Associates (it’s listed third from the bottom.)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Well it was still showing movies in the late 70’s. THE CARVER had double feature “JENNIFER” rated PG and “THE DEVIL WITHIN HER” rated R. Cheap seats for late 70’s, Adults $1.00 and kids fifty cents.

Keith
Keith on July 17, 2011 at 8:10 am

Featured in the TNT show Memphis Beat season2ep5.

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