Theatre & Arts
In New Orleans, there is always a show in town, and we have the best seat in the house. For a schedule of upcoming shows, or for more information, click on a venue below.
Entergy IMAX Theatre: The wonders of nature are magnified at Entergy IMAX® Theatre, where larger-than-life adventures explode with the help of the world’s most advanced motion picture technology. Entergy IMAX® Theatre is located next door to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and is one of only six in the world with its spectacular flat screen, single projection, IMAX® 3D and high-definition capabilities.
The Joy Theater: One of the few original movie theaters in downtown New Orleans, this theater first opened in 1947. It was temporarily closed in 2003 and was renovated then reopened in December 2011. The Joy Theater now hosts concerts, special events and plays. www.thejoytheater.com
The Civic Theatre: The oldest theater in New Orleans originally opened in 1906, was beautifully restored and has reopened for a new generation of theater-goers to enjoy performances in this contemporary venue. The Civic Theatre also boasts an outstanding cocktail bar program. www.civicnola.com
Le Petit Theatre: An 87-year-old community theatre, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre was organized in 1916, when a group of amateur theatre-lovers began putting on plays in the drawing room of one of the members. Their audience grew rapidly and by 1922, a new theatre was constructed on the corner of Chatres and St. Peter Streets. The building complex holds a professionally-equipped theatre. During its 87 years of operation, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre has been recognized as one of the leading “little” or community theatres in the nation.
New Orleans Opera Association: The date of the very first staging of opera in the Crescent City cannot now be established and seems forever lost to music historians. But it can safely be stated that since 1796, in the final decade of the Spanish colonial era, New Orleans has had operatic performances on almost a yearly basis. What is also significant is that, with few exceptions, throughout the 19th century, the city annually boasted a resident company that was engaged for its principal theatre and which could be depended upon for performances throughout an established operatic season.
Saenger Theatre: After a complete and authentic renovation restoring this historic theatre to its original 1927 design, the Saenger Theatre reopened in September 2013. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this theatre offers the finest service and showcases the most popular performing arts experiences in the area, including Broadway productions. For complete entertainment calendar visit http://www.saengernola.com/.
New Orleans Ballet Association: The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) is a presenter of dance from around the world and a service organization to the community. NOBA’s dynamic Main Stage season annually features a variety of world-class dance companies at the Theater of the Performing Arts in Armstrong Park. In addition to the presenting series, the NOBA Dance Institute serves as the largest “dance classroom” in the Gulf South providing over 50,000 dance enthusiasts with over 3,000 concerts, lecture/demonstrations, workshops, classes and much more.