State Palace Theatre

1108 Canal Street,
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Khnemu on November 10, 2018 at 8:22 am

New (as of July 2018) plan calls for building a new hotel on top of the theater and saving the historic theater as part of the hotel complex.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on March 24, 2017 at 7:45 am

The Loew’s State (State Palace) is one of the 24 theaters in my new book, “After the Final Curtain: The Fall of the American Movie Theater,” which is available on Amazon or your local bookstore

DavidZornig on October 6, 2015 at 5:56 pm

1951 night shot added courtesy of Carl Schreiber.
Loew’s neon center right.

frank gagliano
frank gagliano on June 18, 2015 at 2:51 am

The sale to Gregor Fox dooms this theater to sit for years in its current state of damage and deterioration. Mr. Fox stated in a local news article that he plans to first renovate the commercial retail space within the building to then fund the renovation of the theater; a process that may take up to ten years. Personally, I do not believe him. I think his intention is to use the leases from the retail spaces on Canal to pay the annual taxes until he can flip the property to legitimate developers years from now at a tremendous profit. Mr. Fox has little experience in real estate development, nor does he have the resources, or experience, to renovate a 1920s movie palace to its former glory. He purchased the theater and the property it sits on for just $3 million. Mr. Fox believes that the theater can be fully renovated for $10 million, this when the renovation of the Saenger Theater located across from the Loew’s was recently performed at a cost exceeding $50 million. I hope I’m mistaken, but there is no evidence that the Loew’s is coming back anytime soon. Every indication is that it will remain a blight on Canal Street for years to come.

Here is a link verifying the information I have provided…

Cajundweeb on December 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm

This building has been sold and, from what I hear, is going to be reopened as a theatre sort of like the Saenger across the street. NO MORE RAVES.

Orleans1788 on October 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Loew’s state, it was a typo.

Chris1982 on October 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Loew’s was the theatre chain, Lowes is the home improvement chain.

Orleans1788 on October 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Remember the Lowes still showed grindhouse/exploitation films in the late 1980s. I went to see Robocop in 1987 and the previews before the film had topless girls running around, in some slasher film. I used to go to the Lowes in the 80s and 90s, they had hamburgers and double features. I stopped going when it started showing adult movies. Does anyone remember when that change was made must have been early 90s?

Mikeoaklandpark on August 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

The last time I was in NO was 2003 and the theater was open Labor Day weekend showing movies. I do remember they showed The Godfather, Cabaret and Lady Sings The Blues that weekend. Prior to that it was a club so I am not sure what they used for a screen

spectrum on August 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

Another detailed article about the restoration, with a lot of interior photos:

spectrum on August 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

Latest news on the State Theatre:

The Theatre has been bought by Gregor Fox who plans to renovate both the interior and exterior and return the building to commercial use – and “contribute to the arts community”

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher on June 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I am so very happy for the people of NO that those beautiful downtown theaters are being saved and rennovated. I think there were several in the French Qtr too, not sure that status of those. I hope we will see pics of the rennovation status.

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on February 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

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 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

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 12:10 pm

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

zephyr on May 20, 2012 at 8:43 am

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 on January 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm

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

Randy A Carlisle — Historical Photographer

rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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 on January 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for posting,Chuck one of my favorite theatres.

meflaherty on October 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

“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 on October 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for the photo CWalczak.

CSWalczak on September 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

A 1955 photo of the theater: View link