Joy Theatre / THS Collection, photo by Don Bohatka

Historic Joy Theater Set To Reopen [New Orleans, LA]

[via THS Director Dennis Wilhelm, Miami Beach, FL]

Renovation Is Latest For Canal Street 9:26 pm CST November 21, 2011
UPDATED: 10:43 pm CST November 21, 2011

Joy Theatre / THS Collection, photo by Don Bohatka

After sitting idle for more than eight years, a Canal Street theater is nearly set for its grand re-opening.The Joy Theater — a former movie house — will see new life as a multi-purpose facility when it opens for business in December. Officials earlier had promised the facility would return to life by early 2012.

 But renovations appear to be ahead of schedule, and a lineup that includes Kermit Ruffins, Irma Thomas and the Soul Rebels is set to perform on Dec. 29. Upcoming events also include a New Year’s Eve concert and party.

 The Joy’s legacy dates to 1947, when it began operation as the city’s hot spot for film. Amenities included a “crying room” — where parents could take a young child to watch a movie without disturbing the general audience — and a state-of-the-art projector and sound system.

 In it’s new incarnation, the facility will host concerts open to the public as well as private and corporate functions.




  1. A> J. Roquevert

    This photo of the Joy Theatre is not by Don Bohatka, It is from A. J. Roquevert, used in “No MoreJoy”.

    • Kathy McLeister

      The THS Archives has several copies of very similar images (like the one posted). One is a photographic print credited as a donation from Don Bohatka, a second is a photographic print taken by Bill Ikert during the 1993 New Orleans Conclave, and another is a computer print out credited to AJ Roquevert and “No More Joy”.

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