What to do in New Orleans: A Series, PT. 7 – Summer Storms Call for Movie Theater Relaxation


There is so much going on in NOLA this weekend (of 07/13/18) that it can seem nearly impossible to decide what to do.  This is the seventh edition of a weekly series in which we here at Big Easy Magazine give suggestions on fun ways to spend a day, evening or afternoon in our beloved city.  So let’s begin! What’s a good way to spend a weekend in New Orleans, or more specifically, what’s a great way to use your time this weekend (that of July 13th) in the city of New Orleans?  Going to see one of the new movies coming out this summer (or a classic film) at one of our charming one-screen or four-screen movie theaters!

While the weather in New Orleans is expected to be in the low 90s with a significant chance of daily storms, the locally owned and operated single-screen movie theaters I’m about to suggest have plenty of A/C and ice cold sodas to keep you cool and also a nice roof to keep you dry.  There’s nothing quite like the nostalgia and quaintness of a single screen (or small, four-screen) theater, especially as an escape on a hot or stormy day.

The first theater worth checking out is one of New Orleans most famous, the Prytania Theater.  This beautiful single-screen theater began screening films in 1914!  It is actually the oldest incessantly run theater in New Orleans (and the south for that matter)!  This is a great theater to catch classic films, cult films, and the newest hot releases! There is truly something for everyone at this film oasis; from late night horror classics starting as late as 11 pm, classic matinées in the morning and afternoon and new releases in the afternoon and evening.  This theater’s selections are worth taking a look at.  If you like what you see, make sure to stop by the Prytania at 5339 Prytania Street in Uptown New Orleans!

Another small, locally run and owned theater worth mentioning is the Broad Theater at 636 N. Broad Street.  This theater has four screens and a great number of things going on; from events, many films (classic and new, independent and Hollywood) and a great kitchen!  Learn more about all of the wonderful and unique features that the Broad Theater has to offer and make sure you put this on your list of places not to miss!  

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, don’t forget to keep on drinking water!  No matter which theater you check out or which films you attend, be kind! Be New Orleans!  Lastly, don’t forget to check out our events section on our website for many other good ideas on how to get the most out of your weekend.

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