Joy Theater

1200 Canal Street,
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA

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The Joy Theater opened on February 7, 1947 with 1,200 seats in orchestra and balcony levels. It is a block from the Loew’s State Theatre and had a handsome Moderne corner marquee with several miles of neon.

When I visited there in 1988, the balcony had been twinned and the orchestra used the main screen. No ornament was visible as the entire auditorium was drapped and a suspended acoustic tile ceiling inserted. The marquee was stupendous!

Closed after Hurricane Katrina, it was renovated and reopened as a live performance/concert venue on December 29, 2011, now reverted back to a single space, with seating for 900.

Contributed by William Dunklin

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Bway
Bway on December 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

WOnderful! I never thought I would see THAT again!

waynebeau23
waynebeau23 on January 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

The Joy reopened with live music performances on Dec. 29, 2011. From the outside it looks great. I understand they can still show film.

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

This Theatre looks outstanding!! Such a turn-around from when I took this photo back in March of 2010…

Randy A Carlisle — Historical Photographer

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

A USA Today article about the theater: View link

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Astonishing. After sitting for quite a while and then getting hit by Katrina I thought this place was a goner. Good things do happen.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

The Joy Theatre was featured in this 1947 trade ad for Wagner Sign Service: boxofficemagazine

Homeboy
Homeboy on September 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

According to The September 2012 issue of Signs of the Times, “the Joy Theatre sign in New Orleans, originally built by Pelican Signs in 1947, was recently restored by the Big Eay’s Brightway Signs.”

Johnny23
Johnny23 on September 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

that marquee lit up at night is truly a sight to behold… just gorgeous. unfortunately, the joy is no longer a movie theater, so my interest ends at the beauty of the marquee. in it’s last few years as a movie theater, the joy was a mess… terrible conditions, loud, obnoxious and possibly dangerous patrons, etc. but i have a lot of fondness for that sort of grindhouse atmosphere, so i sort of miss those days.

Willisolas
Willisolas on October 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm

My grand dad was a first cousin to Joy. My dad worked for Joy for many years. His nephew had dinner with us a few weeks ago. The house Joy grew up in is still in good shape.

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