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Joy Theater – Private Parties
2012/09/18

The Joy Theater is newly renovated with brand new spacious floor plans. Reopened in December of 2011 these new floor plans are perfect for planning your own private event or party. You can have catering, meet to discuss seating options and more. The Joy now celebrates its transformation from a single screen movie theater to a new age stage which allows for live music, dance, and even comedy shows.

The city of New Orleans is just as much about business as it is partying. This theater can accommodate both! Whether business or pleasure, they cater to all. They have flexible floor plans with balcony seating that has 250 permanent seats and the entire venue can hold up to 900 guests, 3 permanent bars, food and beverage catering and fantastic entertainment. For details and booking you should contact Sandie McNamara at 504-331-0722 or at sales@thejoytheater.com.

This has become a 10,000 square foot multi purpose venue with a brand new state of the art sound and lighting system and a built in stage. This new personality of the Joy is perfect for receptions, cocktail parties, awards, dinners, concerts, or your own productions! You can find pictures of the new design TheJoyTheater.com.

The Joy is rich with history; it opened on February 7, 1947, as a movie theater. Its opening film was Lover Come Back starring Lucille Ball and George Brent. It closed for a short time in 1978 and permanently in 2003. It was the first movie palace constructed in New Orleans following the Depression. Located on Canal Street, which for over a century has been the heart of commerce in New Orleans. This building stands as a symbol of the history of downtown New Orleans.

For travelers and natives alike, this building is full of history and has been redone with the sole purpose of being bigger and better. Celebrating New Orleans culture in the heart of downtown New Orleans, there’s no better place to catch a great glimpse of New Orleans history. This theater is rich in where it’s come from and its ability to now serve multiple purposes to serve all types of clientele. Call or message Sandie today and see what you can work out, this is definitely not an opportunity to be missed.

Hosting an Event with The Joy Theater
2012/09/10

Here at the newly renovated Joy Theater dinner and a show is only a phone call away. The Joy Theater was originally designed as a single screen movie theater but has been redesigned and re-opened into a vibrant multi purpose theater equipped with three different seating plans, a maximum capacity to service up to nine hundred guests, and all sorts of live shows to entertain you and your guests. These new layouts combined with the new spectrum of possible entertainment the Joy is one of the most exciting place in the city to host your next private party or event.

The Joy Theater features a flexible seating plan on the first floor, and the balcony has two hundred and fifty permanent seats. The Joy offers both reception seating and banquet seating, having different setups and capacities to be flexible as to you and your guests needs. The reception arrangement can hold up to five hundred and fourteen guests, and the banquet seating can hold one hundred and fifty. Along with updated seating, they also offer brand new state of the art lighting and sound to better equip you and your guests with the best experience possible.

The Joy Theater is open to receptions, cocktail parties, awards, dinners, or productions, and would love to be the site of your next private party. You can view the specifications and layouts for the different seating arrangements online at the Joy’s website.

Having featured live music such as Etta James and Percy Sledge, dance shows, and live theater, it is a perfect location for a private event to share between you and your guests. The Joy Theater provides live entertainment which can be more exciting than a film. There’s something about the experience of hearing the emotion in someone’s voice, or hearing music live that is just better.

Being originally designed in the 1940′s and renovated in 2011, the Joy Theater has brought back an iconic form of “JOY” to New Orleans. The purpose of live entertainment is to draw you away from your seat and bring you into the world they’re producing, whether it is music, theater, or dance. The Joy offers a unique experience to share with you and your guests and books shows unique to New Orleans, which celebrate New Orleans culture.

Having a flexible floor plan and hosting New Orleans talent, there is no reason not to bring your next private event not only to the city of New Orleans, but right here to The Joy Theater.

If you’re an event planner, contact Sandie at 504-331-0722 or email: sales@thejoytheater.com

Joy Theater History
2012/08/08

Theater in New Orleans has been around forever and has been a great source of entertainment to everyone in the city. Live theater and movie theaters have grown in popularity over generations and New Orleans has had its share of the pie.

In February of 1947 The Joy Theater was opened on the southwest corner of Canal St. and Elks Pl. It was designed by Favrot and Reed architects and completed in 1946. It is an 11,000 sq. ft. building encompassing about 8,500 square feet of auditorium and 2,500 sq.ft. at the upper levels.

It was first a movie palace designed around optimism and economic expansion of post war America. For over a century Canal Street has been a center of commerce in New Orleans and over that century Canal St. and the Joy have grown.

Today the Joy Theater has been rebuilt and completely redone. Reopened in December 2011 the theater is now equipped for live theater and a lot more guests. The Joy now knows how to throw a party with banquet seating available and arrangements capable of handling up to almost 1,000 guests for any type of event you can fit comfortably. They also host all kinds of entertainment now including live theater, live music, comedy shows, and even dance shows.

This theater has come a long way from a single screen film theater to offer the city of New Orleans real exciting entertainment on a higher scale. They also like to book true New Orleans talent to help promote local artists and really embrace true New Orleans culture and help celebrate where the city has come from and represent where it’s going.

From meager beginning, to miraculous rebirths, today the Joy Theater has walked a tough road. But they are doing everything they can to make sure that they are supported by a great event schedule, flexibility for their guests, and reasonable prices to attract everyone to their new routine. This theater has come a long way to ensure that a classic theater from New Orleans can stay alive and thrive in a new age. Don’t forget to check the schedule online and call to reserve for a group or a private event today.

Hosting an Event with The Joy
2012/07/24

Have you ever wanted to have dinner and a show? Here at the newly renovated Joy Theater, that and more is only a phone call away. The Joy Theater was originally designed as a single screen movie theater but has been redesigned and reopened into a vibrant multipurpose theater equipped with three different seating plans, a maximum capacity to service up to nine hundred guests, and all sorts of live shows to entertain you and your guests.

The Joy Theater features a state of the art sound and lighting system, new stage, dressing rooms and a flexible seating plan all on the first floor, and the balcony has two hundred and fifty permanent seats.

They are open to receptions, cocktail parties, awards, dinners, or productions, and would love to be the site of your next private party. You can view the specifications and layouts for the different seating arrangements online at the Joy’s website.

The Joy offers both reception seating and banquet seating, having different set ups and capacities as far as your guests are concerned. The reception arrangement can hold up to five hundred and fourteen guests, and the banquet seating can hold one hundred and fifty.

Having featured live music such as Etta James and Percy Sledge, dance shows, and live theater, it is a perfect location for a private event to share between you and your guests. The Joy Theater helps you host a perspective of the city that doesn’t involve copious amounts of alcohol or deafening music, dare it be said that it’s a slightly more sophisticated way to entertain than a standard night on Bourbon St.

Being originally designed in the 1940′s and renovated in 2011, the Joy Theater has brought back an iconic form of “JOY” to New Orleans. There aren’t many feelings better than being lost in live performance, whether it is music, theater, or dance. The Joy offers a unique experience to share with you and your guests and books shows unique to New Orleans, and some developed and which celebrate New Orleans culture.

Having a flexible floor plan and hosting New Orleans talent, there is no reason not to bring your next private event not only to the city of New Orleans, but right here to The Joy Theater.

If you’re an event planner, contact Sandie at 504-331-0722 or email: sales@thejoytheater.com

What We’ve Been Up To!
2012/07/20

If you think New Orleans is all about food and music, you’re dead wrong. Here in the city we want you to leave us entertained, and we are willing to die trying. Located at 1200 Canal Street in New Orleans is The Joy Theater, a wonderful place that has evolved from a simple movie theater in 1947 to a multipurpose venue in December 2011.

It was the first movie palace after the depression era, with its first screening of Lover Came Back featuring Lucille Ball. The Joy Theater now offers live music, comedy shows, dance performances, and live theater. If you’re not a native or if you have yet to hear about The Joy Theater we are going to take a look at some of the events they have had to see what might tickle your fancy.

In the past, the theater has had Irma Thomas, a Grammy award winning singer from New Orleans. Also, the Soul Rebels, a seven-piece ensemble mixing the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and reggae.

Live theater has graced the Joy as Glitz took the stage in January; Glitz is a stage production that celebrates the art of female impersonation. Let’s say you prefer the beauty and finesse of dance, the Joy has had two dance presentations: Rick Delaup Presents: The Queens of Burlesque and City of Hope: NOLA Cares.

Although the Joy offers a main-stream variety of shows, since their reopening in December 2011, they’ve had mostly live music: Percy Sledge known for “When a Man Loves a Woman” in January, Cowboy Mouth, who is New Orleans rock and roll, the Little River Band having a modest beginning in Australia sought to conquer the world via America and got a little piece of New Orleans here at the Joy Theater, and much more.

Since December 2011, The Joy Theater has had an array of big hitting acts to liven up New Orleans night life. Here at the theater, they understand that New Orleans isn’t always all about loud nights and morning headaches, and they are here to help. The Joy Theater is yet another wonderful place in the city to bring you and a group of people. Spanning an amazing 10,000 square foot venue, the theater is able to hold up to nine hundred guests. The theater is available for receptions, parties, dinner, or productions. You can view photos of the facility on the theaters website.

Theater Technology
2012/07/18

The Joy Theater originally opened in 1947 at 1200 Canal St. It has approximately 8,500 square feet of auditorium at the main level and another 2,500 square feet for balcony seating. It was designed by Favrot and Reed Architects and was originally used as a single screen movie theater. It was the first movie palace in New Orleans following the Depression.

New Orleans has always been a city of entertainment and wonder and The Joy Theater was built in the country’s peak of movie attendance for the time. Settled on the corner of Canal St. and Elks Place there was no missing it and today with it’s upgraded tech specs and face life. There’s no need to miss it today.

Standing today, re-opened and back in business, The Joy Theater now comfortably can accommodate 900 guests. If you visit their website (http://www.thejoytheater.com/) you will find that the theater has itself broken down for banquet seating, reception seating, and of course, the theater seating. So, you can see they can handle anything thrown at them.

Brought to the modern day, The Joy Theater is still a standalone building with a fixed stage, but features three permanent bars and flexible floor plans. However, it isn’t just atmosphere the new Joy Theater brings to the table; they also have a completely updated audio/visual system! From speakers that will blow your mind to 42”-70” LCD TV screens The Joy Theater has a very intriguing system that will leave you satisfied. Do not forget lighting, any good stage needs appropriate lighting and The Joy Theater has 95 lighting fixtures, that’s at least one for every ten quests they can bring in.

If you want a blast from the past, The Joy Theater has plenty of pictures from the days of old on their website, but who would not want to have a refreshing evening of live music or stage play in this beautiful new theater. Lights, camera, action, The Joy Theater has it all and having only reopened in December of 2011, they are dying to share it with you. Don’t forget you can find the Joy Theater on Twitter and Facebook, where you can find others’ reviews and of course once you set foot in the theater yourself, share it with the rest of the world.

Location, Location, Location!
2012/07/11

In New Orleans we have everything from the French Market to major retail to satisfy your shopping needs. For more than a century, Canal Street was a main stopping point for shopping in New Orleans. Local stores and well-known retailers including Maison Blanche, Rubenstein’s, and Werlien’s Music were major stops and dazzled natives and tourists alike. New Orleans has always been a center for opera, theater and concerts hosting such venues as the Varieties Theater which later became the Grand Opera House. Movie palaces were centered on the intersection with Rampart Street, where the neon marquees of many, including the Joy, cast multicolored light onto sidewalks.

The Joy Theater opened February 7, 1947 as a movie theater, located on the corner of Canal St. and Elks Place at 1200 Canal St. It was designed by Favrot and Reed Architects and is one of the few remaining examples of the post-war movie palace. Canal St. has been a booming location for commerce in New Orleans for well over a hundred years.

Reopened in December of 2011 the Joy Theater now serves as a multipurpose entertainment venue completely recast and ready to serve New Orleans. Everything about the Joy is new and exciting, and coming from being a single screen movie palace to now hosting live music, comedy shows, and live theater. It has so much more to offer the exciting and always growing community of New Orleans. Canal St. today hosts so much more than just shops including: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, The Saint Hotel, the rehabilitated Joy Theater, and the Astor Crowne Plaza. Prize hotels only add to the richness of New Orleans style and being expertly located, serve New Orleans tourism on a silver platter. Entertainment, food, drinks, people, and the unique culture of the city, everything you could want, are within walking distance

One of the main points of entertainment on Canal St., the Joy Theater, is certainly doing what it can to keep up with the times. Having closed permanently in 2003 it has been reintroduced! To quote The Joy’s website, “This ain’t your Grandparent’s move theater. Hell, it ain’t even a movie theater.”