Broad Theater, Chalmette Movies announce reopening plans

Two independent movie houses, The Broad Theater and Chalmette Movies, announce plans to reopen to the public.

Under Phase One guidelines, movie theaters can operate at 25 percent capacity.

The Broad Theater will reopen doors for the first time since March on Friday, June 5.


As part of the new reopening guidelines, the theater will require masks and contact information with ticket purchases to assist with contact tracing. Other safety measures include placing hand sanitizer stations throughout the building and using ground spacers to help with social distancing and directing one-way paths in the theater.

The Broad Theater will return with five showings including Terence Blanchard-produced music documentary “Up From the Streets” and nature documentary “Fantastic Fungi.” Also showing is a new release, “The Trip to Greece” the latest dramedy installment starring comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Plus, “The Goonies” and “Galaxy Quest” kick off the summer classics series.

The Broad Theater will also screen a variety of classic titles during the summer including “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jaws,” “Back to the Future,” “The Matrix,” “Blade Runner,” and “The Neverending Story.”

Chalmette Movies will open on Friday, June 12 with The High Note” starring Dakota Johnson, Ice Cube and Tracee Ellis Ross in her first singing role.

The theater will also show nearly two dozen classic movies throughout the summer including “The Goonies,” “Grease,” “The Wacky World of Dr. Morgus,” “Tommy Boy,” and several films in the “Rocky” franchise.

Other independent theaters also recently opened to the public in the New Orleans area.

Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge in Arabi reopened May 29, with 20 seats available per daily screening. The theatre strongly recommends advance ticket purchases.

The Prytania Theatre also reopened in mid-May with extra precautions like capacity decreased to 15 percent to ensure proper social distancing.