About The Joy Theater

The History of The Joy Theater

The History of The Joy Theater The Joy Theater was once one of four original movie theaters to grace downtown New Orleans alongside the Orpheum (1921), State Palace Theater (1926) and the Saenger Theatre (1927). The Joy Theater opened its doors on February 7, 1947 and was viewed as a “modern” movie house with its iconic neon marquee and art deco architecture. Opening night’s feature film was “Lover Come Back,” starring Lucille Ball and George Brent, while one of the longest running films was the 1975 film “Jaws,” which ran for more than 20 weeks. In 2003, due to growing movie theater competition, which offered stadium seating and multiple screens, the marquee light that glowed over Canal Street was turned off and the doors to the Joy Theater were closed. In 2011, visionaries Allan McDonnel, Joe Jaeger and Todd Trosclair saw the potential of resurrecting the historical landmark and rebuilding the Joy Theater as a state of the art venue for live music, theatrical performances, comedy, special events and event space. Today, the Joy Theater is dedicated to bringing “joy” back to the City of New Orleans and surrounding areas by providing first class entertainment to a wide variety of audiences. The History of the Joy Theater “No More Joy” – The Documentary


The Joy Theater in the News

Joy Theater to open with trio of concerts in December
According to WWL-TV's Scott Satchfield, The Joy Theater on Canal Street will reopen on Dec. 29 with a bang, starting with Irma Thomas and Lance Ellis on that date, and continuing with a string of shows. The following night, Dec. 30, Cyril Neville's Tribe 13 and Soul Rebels Brass Band will play, and Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers will perform on New Year's Eve. Read More >>
The Joy Theater Brings Entertainment to Canal Street
With the reopening of The Joy Theater, entertainment returns to the upper-end of Canal Street. Live music, comedy, and theatrical productions are all part of the vision. Additionally, there are plans to create unique productions that highlight the heritage of New Orleans culture. Musical productions highlighting R&Street both have a rich history. Read More >>