The Prytania Theatre, New Orleans’ oldest operating theater, will expand to a new location downtown.
The iconic Uptown landmark is set to open a second location on the third floor of Canal Place, the downtown luxury retail destination, in November 2020.
The new downtown location, called Prytania Theatres at Canal Place, will take over the former site of the Cinnebare Canal Place 9 before it permanently closed in May 2019. Prior to its stint as the Cinnebarre at Canal Place, the location was home to The Theatres at Canal Place.
Prytania Theatres at Canal Place will offer classic movie theatre snacks and drinks including popcorn, candy, soft drinks, and ICEEs. Additionally, the downtown location will have a full bar, with plans to expand its food menu in the future.
“We are very excited to welcome The Prytania Theatres at Canal Place,” said Lisa Manzella, Canal Place general manager. “Both institutions have a long standing heritage of serving New Orleans residents and visitors, and we are thrilled to now have the Prytania as part of Canal Place. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner to bring our theatre back to life, and look forward to the stellar programming they will bring to this downtown location.”
Movie theater chains have felt the strain of the pandemic, especially with Hollywood delays. That’s why Prytania Theater owner Robert Brunet said he will be working hard to get the attention of locals.
“It’s scary for sure…but as my dad said and now I say, ‘THE SHOW MUST GO ON!'” Brunet said.
Some of the ways the new location will be different from its predecessor include several changes adapted from the original Prytania location including film festivals, birthday party rentals and red carpet movie premieres. Prytania Theatres at Canal Place will also do away with the in-seat food and drink delivery service during the movie from wait staff. Instead, customers will purchase items from the concession stand.
“We are going to Prytania-ize The Theatres at Canal Place!” Brunet said.
The Prytania Theatre is well-known for its eclectic selection of movies such as modern blockbusters and classics.
The historic Uptown location opened its doors in 1914 under the management of Rene Brunet Sr. before his son, Rene Brunet Jr. took over the neighborhood theater in 1946. Since 2017, Prytania Theatre has been operated by Robert Brunet and his family.
“We are excited and proud to bring the charm and character of the Uptown Neighborhood Prytania Theatre to Downtown New Orleans, the French Quarter, CBD and Warehouse District Neighborhoods,” Brunet said. “It is our intention to bring similar programming to Canal Place, including First-run films, Classic films, Specialty films, Film festivals, locally produced films, Movie Premieres, Birthday Parties and more.”
Eric Ramstead is the General Manager of the Prytania Theatre, who will also be the General Manager and Partner of the Prytania Theatres at Canal Place.
For more than 100 years, the local landmark has served the New Orleans area as an anchor for the surrounding community and bringing people together for the magical experience of watching movies on the silver screen. The site has also served as a centerpiece of New Orleans’ vibrant arts scene hosting notable movie stars, several film festivals, numerous movie premieres and film community events.