Lakeside Cinemas

3301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard,
Metairie, LA 70002

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jaybee7414
jaybee7414 on April 1, 2008 at 11:57 am

Wasn’t the development of the “Super Theaters” such as nearby Clearview Palace at the Clearview Mall what really sealed the fate of Lakeside and other obsolete theaters? Most every theater not the size of a small city has succumbed to these giants. One of the few still around in the Jefferson Parish area is Hollywood 9 (formerly Esplanade Theater or Cinema) in Kenner and given how small the crowds have been it’s a wonder that it’s still open.

jaybee7414
jaybee7414 on April 1, 2008 at 12:31 pm

“GCC operated the theatres until the mid/late 90’s, and they sat empty for several years. I saw a wrecking ball doing the last of the dirty work on Cinema 4 & 5 during a visit around 2002.
posted by DonS on Feb 11, 2005 at 8:21pm”

I left the area in January of 1999 (returned a year ago-March 2007) and the theater was still active, so I’m not sure when it “sat empty” but I heard that it was operating into the 2000’s. I realized our posts are just over 3 YEARS apart.

indymovieguy
indymovieguy on May 4, 2009 at 11:48 pm

The 2 Lakeside locations were open at least through 1999, and I believe until mid 2000. Esplanade was open until the GC bankruptcy in October 2000. Esplanade was one of the few dozen theatres that helped bring about the bankruptcy of General Cinema. Despite having very good presentation, one of the only THX auditoriums in Louisiana, and being a popular location during the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s, due to it’s obscenely high lease costs, it never made a profit in it’s entire existence.

telliott
telliott on August 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm

When I was in Metairie in 1999 there were several theatres still open in the Metairie/Kenner area. The Lakeside 5 was still operating as was the AMC Galleria 8, The Eslplanade 9 (now open as the Hollywood 9), the UA Pavillion 8 and Cinema City 8. I believe the only theatres now operating in the area are the AMC Clearview Palace 12 and the Hollywood 9.

Coate
Coate on August 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm

“Star Wars” during its original 1977 release played a 26-week engagement at this theater.

canyontide
canyontide on September 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Man, the memories I have from the old Lakeside Cinema..spent a lot of time there back in the 70’s! Also, the lakeside theater across the street on Vets..the Joys Panarama 6 on Airline, an the Joys 8 on Vets in Kenner….boy, do I miss those day! Who remembers the old drive in on Vets??

canyontide
canyontide on September 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Ok, I made a mistake..it wasn’t the Joys 8..it was the Cinema City 6 :)

jaybee7414
jaybee7414 on July 20, 2011 at 7:39 am

I started going there a lot in the early-mid 80’s. I lived in Gretna, but like partying in Fat City, so I’d get loaded before the 7 or 7:30 movie and afterwards just walk across the street and start a tour of the Fat City bars. I first went to the theater in August of 1982 to watch Rocky 3.

In ‘82 I was 26.

jaybee7414
jaybee7414 on November 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

Amazing that there is no picture of this theater.

nolaboy70
nolaboy70 on March 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Hey, ya’ll. I came upon this site b/c I was remeniscing about the good ole days growing up in Kenner/Metairie way back in the 70’s and 80’s. I posted a couple of pics for ya’ll to enjoy. I saw so many movies back then, my most memorable was Rocky I and Carrie at Lakeside theater #1.

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