Uptown at the Prytania Theatre

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February 16, 2016 No Comments

Uptown at the Prytania Theatre


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The Prytania. Ever present, ever artistic, ever lasting.

The Prytania. Ever present, ever artistic, ever lasting.

Uptown New Orleans hosts many things and one of my favorites is the Prytania Theatre. Nestled among Victorian homes in a quiet neighborhood on Prytania St. just below Jefferson Avenue, the theatre was built in 1914 in the era of silent movies.  Over the years the theatre has maintained her theatrical throne through two fires, elaborate renovations, a major transition for silent movies with organ accompaniment to talkies,  a period of live theatre and a host of owners including United Theaters.

Today, the Prytania is the only single-screen theater in Louisiana and the oldest operating cinema in the New Orleans metro area.  After living many lives, this faded, but technologically updated, lady is proudly owned by John Gish with a long term operating lease held by Rene Brunet and his son Robert. Rene Brunet’s generosity after Hurricane Katrina will never be forgotten as he offered free admission to first responders for several months after the August 2005 storm.

Recently, the Prytania is showing the 2016 Academy award nominated shorts, both animated and live action. The denizens of New Orleans can always count on the cutting edged commitment of Prytania.  It is a local treasure in a city filled with secret gems and jewels.

 


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