Carver Theater

2101 Orleans Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70116

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Carver Theater

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 was renovated and reopened as a live performance venue on April 30, 2014.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2009 at 2:55 am

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 5:44 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 on July 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

Featured in the TNT show Memphis Beat season2ep5.

WTKFLHN on November 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Unfortunately, This theatre has close again as of 11/14/17. Shows scheduled thru next February have been canceled.

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