The Joy Theater, in downtown New Orleans, opening day, Feb. 7, 1947.
|Location||1200 Canal Street|
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
|Owner||NOLA Theatre District LLC|
|Seating type||Orchestra, balcony|
The Joy Theater, named after owner Joy Houck, is a theater and historic landmark built in 1947 on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. Renovations in 2011 transformed the former movie palace into a multi-purpose theater for live music, stand-up comedy, private functions, and corporate events. The theater's iconic marquee sign was restored, as was the building's original art deco architecture.
On February 7, 1947, the Joy Theater opened at a cost of $275,000, with seats for 1,250 patrons. Hailed as "New Orleans' newest and most modern film temple," the theater was equipped with a crying room, a glass-enclosed area behind the back row that enabled parents with young children to enjoy the show without disturbing the other patrons. The Joy was built by long-time theater operators Joy Houck (the theater's namesake) and Levere Montgomery, Sr. The architect was B. W. Stevens. Lover Come Back, starring Lucille Ball, was the opening feature.
- Joy Theatre Has New Owners, Renovation Plans – New Orleans City Business Archived 2011-09-14 at the Wayback Machine
- Joy Theatre in Downtown New Orleans has Happier Days Ahead – Times Picayune
- Canal Street: New Orleans’ Great Wide Way – Pelican Publishing
- No More Joy: The Rise and Fall of New Orleans Movie Theaters – Rock Productions Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine
- Joy Theatre Purchased - Times Picayune
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