State Palace Theatre

1108 Canal Street,
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Norman Plant
Norman Plant on February 6, 2014 at 12:57 am

This is great news. When I was there at the end of January the entire downtown area, and that area of Canal Street, looked amazing compared to my previous visit to NOLA. The restoration of the State completes an incredible recovery for the theater district. By the way, the ongoing restoration of the Carver is rivaled only by that of the Saenger and the Joy. Hoping for great success for all of these theaters, as well as ongoing success of the Prytania.

frank gagliano
frank gagliano on February 6, 2014 at 12:25 am

Breaking news! Contracts have been signed to execute a full restoration of the Loews State Theater and its satellite properties. The New Orleans Downtown Development District and MCC Group, a local contractor, inked a deal on 2/5/14 to invest $32 million to return the facility to its former glory as a legitimate theater and entertainment venue.

This on the legs of the recent $52 mIllion restoration of the opulent Saenger Theater opposite the Loews, the city’s $47 million renovation of the Mahalia Jackson Theater soon after after Katrina, a recently announced $16 million restoration of the Orpheum, and $5 million restorations of both the Joy and Civic; all downtown. Just outside of downtown, several million are being invested in the restoration of a large 1940’s neighborhood theater that once served the black community, the Carver.

As such, ALL remaining New Orleans theaters once abandoned, or those severely damaged by Katrina, will, in effect, be new again… These are exciting times for theater lovers in New Orleans.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on October 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I recently photographed the State Palace Theatre. Check out the photos and a write up at After the Final Curtain

zephyr
zephyr on May 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I’ve been hearing a lot of rurmors that more than one party is interested in buying the building. Rumor is that one of these suitors has the idea of converting the Loew’s into a bowling alley and music venue.

It appears that the New Orlens Downtown Development District, the quasi-public agency responsible for the the redevelopment of Canal Street, may be once again on the brink of dropping the ball (bowling ball?). One would think that with the situation involving the LaSalle Hotel, a property immediatly adjacent to the historic Saenger Theatre, the Development District would be working harder not to appear so very inept. The Saenger is undergoing a 50 million dollar historic restoration that is partially govenment funded. Along the way it was reported in the local paper that other developers have gotten partial govenment funding to turn the LaSalle Hotel into low income housing. What a debacle, low income housing immediatly adjacent to the crown jewel of New Orleans theatres. That ought to pack-em into the theatre!

Now we hear of the Loew’s State situation. Is a bowling alley really appropriate in a Thomas Lamb theater from 1926? This building is in very workable condition an should be returned to commerce as some type of theatrical venue. A bowling alley in this building would not only be disgraceful but an awful addition to the 1100 block of Canal Street – bowling alley, a low income housing development, and the historic Saenger Theatre. If the City is really commited to creating a theatre district utilizing the the existing historic theatres in this two block area they are certainly making a mess of it.

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 22, 2012 at 7:45 am

A March 2010 Photo I took of the State Palace (Loews) Theatre..

Randy A Carlisle — Historical Photographer

rivest266
rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

This reopened with 3 screens on March 5th, 1976. The ad is in the photo section.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 26, 2011 at 1:55 am

Tisloews,some of those pictures are great!Suitable for a frame.The real theatre business that you and I got in on the tail end of.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on January 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for posting,Chuck one of my favorite theatres.

meflaherty
meflaherty on October 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

“and the chain is unknown!"
I think they are talking about the present owners are unknown. Loews hasn’t owned this theatre for many years.

This theatre owns the whole block meaning all of the stores around the base of the theatre are leased. To rehab this whole thing you would have to get rid of all tenents and completely remodel everything including the electrical for the theatre which doesn’t meet code. Rewiring electric from basement location would cost over 1 million alone. Present owners would like to sell the property, but whoever buys the theatre would have to have deep pockets and not want an immediate return on their investment. Could take years to make your money back.

Still… Restored this theatre could be a showplace.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 15, 2010 at 3:32 am

Thanks for the photo CWalczak.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 6, 2010 at 12:19 am

A 1955 photo of the theater: View link

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 16, 2010 at 7:44 am

Don, your original posting on August 6 was correct – it is Loew’s State.

ron1screen
ron1screen on August 16, 2010 at 7:38 am

This theatre should really be saved. It’s rare today to find a house like this in such good condition. Someone should step up and get this started. I know it takes money and there has to be some kind of a plan for it’s use to warrent the expenditure but it would be a shame to see it fall into a wreck only to be torn down when it is now in such restorable shape.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 16, 2010 at 4:37 am

Correction to above post. This is the Loewe'sState and Saenger Theatres in New Orleans.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 16, 2010 at 4:32 am

From the early 1930s a postcard view of the Loewe’s State and Saenger Theatres on Canal street in New Orleans.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Very nice postcard Don.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

From the 1930s a postcard view of Canal Street along with the Loew’s State and Saenger Theatres in New Orleans.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 15, 2010 at 3:59 am

Yeah,that is hard to believe with the history Loews carries.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 3:51 am

Just noticed on the header under chain it says unknown? Loews built and operated this theatre for many, many years, and the chain is unknown!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 3:48 am

According to the March 2010 photo the Marquee still says Loews State, thats pretty wild.Maybe this theatre can be rehabed.

ArthurHardy
ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 9:40 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.

meflaherty
meflaherty on April 24, 2010 at 7:31 pm

The ending scenes of “The Vampire’s Assistant” were shot in the Loews.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 4, 2010 at 1:50 am

Coll 2010 photos Micheal looks much better than I thought it would.When to the LOEWS many times when I was a kid in New Orleans visiting my cousins every summer,took the train there and back with my grandmother.

Bway
Bway on March 4, 2010 at 1:31 am

Thanks for posting the photos! It looks a lot better on the inside than I was expecting based on what the exterior looks like. Hopefully someone will step in to save it before time begins to take it’s toll, such as what happened with the nearby Joy.

meflaherty
meflaherty on March 4, 2010 at 12:12 am

Here’s a link to the Stage and Curtain in 2010:
View link

Here’s a view of the box seats in 2010:
View link

Here’s a view of the 2 balconies as shot from the stage in 2010:
View link