Welcoming Back the Joy Theater


Posted on: December 27, 2011 | Posted in: News and Events

The Joy Theater - New Orleans | Dauphine Orleans Hotel - French Quarter

On behalf of the great city of New Orleans, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel would like to extend a warm welcome back to the nostalgic Joy Theater.


The Joy Theater originally opened its doors on Feb. 7, 1947 as a post-war movie palace. Although the original Joy was built with a small stage and minor back of house amenities, its primary usage was as a single screen movie theatre. The opening night film was “Lover Come Back” starring Lucille Ball and George Brent. The Joy closed for a brief time in 1978 and permanently closed in 2003.
The Joy has been completely renovated and returned to its art deco grandeur of the late 1940s. The iconic red and white marquee illuminated Canal Street once again at the official lighting ceremony on December 20, 2011. The ceremony was attended by many, including Irma Thomas and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The Joy’s opening night on December 29, 2011 will host the “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” Irma Thomas, with opening act, Lance Ellis.

Looking for New Years Eve plans? Come celebrate at the Joy with Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers AND Big Sam's Funky Nation! What better way to ring in the New Year?
The Joy Theater is a 10,000 square foot multipurpose venue able to accommodate live music, theatrical productions, and private parties. It is conveniently located in downtown New Orleans, on Canal Street, within walking distance of the French Quarter and on the Canal Street streetcar line. With ample parking options within the neighborhood and easy bus drop off locations, it is accessible to New Orleans locals and tourists alike.
To learn more about the Joy Theater and upcoming events, please visit www.thejoytheater.com. You can also fan the Joy Theater on Facebook or follow on Twitter.