State Palace Theatre

1108 Canal Street,
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm

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

Orleans1788
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
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
spectrum on August 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

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

http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2014/08/loews_state_palace_developer_c.html

spectrum
spectrum on August 18, 2014 at 10:32 am

Latest news on the State Theatre:

http://www.neworleansdowntown.com/news/detail/56742/LOEWS-STATE-PALACE-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”

KCB3Player
KCB3Player 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
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
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
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
TLSLOEWS on January 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for posting,Chuck one of my favorite theatres.

meflaherty
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
TLSLOEWS on October 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for the photo CWalczak.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

A 1955 photo of the theater: View link

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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

ron1screen
ron1screen on August 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm

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 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm

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 1:33 pm

Very nice postcard Don.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

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 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm

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