Prytania Theater

5339 Prytania Street,
New Orleans, LA 70115

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Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 504.891.2787

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Prytania Theater

The first Prytania Theater was constructed in 1914. It was replaced at a different location by this Prytania Theater which opened on April 17, 1927. It is the last remaining single-screen suburban theatre in the state.

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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 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 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 on June 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

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.
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 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 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.

WTKFLHN on August 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm

In response to tinydr’s comment on Mr Brunet’s age, I wouldn’t worry to much about the Prytania’s future. He has his son in the business with him, and I think as long as they can make a profit there, the show will go on.

WTKFLHN on August 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

By the way, The Prytania was the first theater to open after Katrina hit. And the only show in town for some time afterward.

MovieMark on January 14, 2024 at 5:03 pm

The Prytania has 272 fixed seats, not 750.

JackCoursey on January 14, 2024 at 6:08 pm

This is one of my favorite theatres in the world! An ideal venue for art, foreign and classic film.

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