Prytania Theater

5339 Prytania Street,
New Orleans, LA 70115

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Prytania Theater

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First constructed in the early-1900’s, the Prytania Theater is the last remaining single-screen suburban theatre in the state.

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tinydr
tinydr on May 22, 2006 at 12:54 pm

I’m curious to see what will happen with the Prytania in the next 10 years or so, the current owner appears to be getting on in his years…

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on October 15, 2006 at 1:39 pm

Can anyone comment on the condition of the interior of this theater? The outside appears to be modernized quite a bit. What about the interior?

oeil21
oeil21 on November 23, 2006 at 4:41 pm

The inside… I am pretty sure the seats are original because they can be really uncomfortable! Other than that the rest of the theater space is in good condition. There is sort of a fifties vibe to the lobby with modern inspired “floating” stairs that lead to up to the theater space covered in a worn down red carpet. Unfortunately from a design standpoint nothing else too spectacular I can recall. But it is warm and inviting, is clean and safe and is well kept. I once saw a film at the joy or lowes theater on Canal Street – and I kid you not – there was a hole in the roof where rain was dripping in. You could see outside. And a fire alarm was beeping every 30 seconds or so non-stop.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on November 23, 2006 at 4:55 pm

Thanks Erin. I had the pleasure of visiting the Prytania and Mr. Rene Brunet in mid-October and found him to be charming and gracious (as was everyone i encountered in New Orleans!) and so very proud of his theater. I wish we’d had more time to chat, but we did look at the many vintage photos on the lobby walls and he had a great story for almost every one of them. The theater itself has obviously been severely redecorated (inside and out) since it’s inception, but through the photos Mr. Brunet was able to show me the original design. He’s had such a long and storied role with so many other great New Orleans theaters. True Southern treasures: the Prytania AND Mr. Brunet!

MovieTalkDave
MovieTalkDave on August 13, 2007 at 12:55 am

Look for an updated article on the Prytania Theater and its remodeling in the October issue of Box Office Magazine.

joysmovies
joysmovies on January 19, 2008 at 2:30 pm

This is a city archive photo from April 11, 1968 of firefightere fighting a fire at the theatre.
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Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on April 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Just got back from a trip to NOLA and made a point of stopping by the Prytania Theater to see it. What a wonderful place! Had to see it as it plays a big role in one of my fav novels: “A Confederacy of Dunces.” A lovely small, charming neighbourhood theater and a wonderful place to see a film. Attended the 2:30 pm matinee of “Alice in Wonderland” in 3D. This theater runs digital now and what a presenation! Sound is clear and loud and the projection is first rate. Truly a great theater to watch a film. Matinee was about 1/3 full for a weekday. Sadly, this is the only theater left open in New Orleans and the last single screen theater in the whole state of Louisiana. No open theaters remain on Canal Street and the devastaion that was caused by Katrina is very evident when you see the condition these theaters are in. The Prytania Theater is truly a gem in a great city.

ArthurHardy
ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

THEREâ€\S ONE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

Messer00
Messer00 on August 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

I have been comming here since I was a child…the first movie I remeber being there for was Pochantis. I was born in 1992. I believe it was the reshowing. then I remember seeing the Xfiles movie. I saw one of the Harry Potters there. Rocky Horror Picture Show 3 or 4 times. The Artist and The Dark Knight Rises Twice. Those are all the films I remember but anyway This is the best most authentic still running open movie theater from the past. that was long in new orleans. i love this place it will be in my heart forever.

Johnny23
Johnny23 on September 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

the only real old-school movie theater in new orleans. obviously run by people who care about movies. they even run midnight showings of cult films on weekends. i love this place dearly. if given the choice, i wouldn’t see movies anywhere else. alas, with the single-screen, you only get a single choice of movie to see, and it’s been quite a while since they showed anything i was particularly interested in seeing.

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