Rio Theatre

316 St. Charles Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70130

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The Rio Theatre was open in 1940 and could accomodate 450 patrons. It was operated by Joy Theatres and closed in the mid-1950’s. It has since been demolished.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Here is a photo of the Joy Rio Theatre in the 1940s. Although demolished, this house has immortality of a sort. It was the setting for the short story “Mysteries of the Joy Rio Theatre” by Tennessee Williams, first published in 1941. In 1954, Williams published “Hard Candy”, a reworking of the original story, still set in the Rio Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Here is another scan of the same photo, but it can be enlarged for great detail. The negative is dated October 29, 1941.

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