Beauty and the Beast
An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Purple RAIN - in memoriam of Prince at the Prytania Theatre
We cant believe Prince has been gone for a year....
Prytania Theatre and DJ Soul Sister present
in memoriam of PRINCE (1958-2016)
"Hosted and introduced by DJ Soul Sister"
** Special pre-show presentation on Screen **
Friday, April 21, midnite - (Friday night)
Saturday, April 22, midnite - (Saturday night)
Sunday, April 23, 10:00pm
Purple Rain/Film synopsis
A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid's spotlight -- and his girl.
Note - this is not a fundraiser or donation. This is a screening of Purple Rain (the movie) to celebrate PRINCE on the Big Screen.
French FILM Festival at the Prytania Theatre
French Film Festival
The New Orleans Film Society presents the 20th annual New Orleans French Film Festival, a showcase of the best in contemporary and classic French cinema, in partnership with the Consulat General de France a la Nouvelle-Orleans and the Prytania Theatre.
Tickets + Passes
$9 for NOFS and Prytania members
French Film Festival Passes
$70 for NOFS and Prytania members
$85 for non-members
Access to all screenings
Individual Ticket info coming soon
STAR WARS The Last Jedi at the Prytania Theatre
The Prytania Theatre presents
THE LAST JEDI
December 14, 2017
We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.
THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
more details soon....
The Prytania is one of New Orleans’ premier party and get-together venues! Looking for a place to hold your your private event, host a private screening, or just throw a party? We’re the place for you! In addition to the auditorium, you also get the theatre staffed by our handsome employees so party-goers can get popcorn, snacks, soda, and coffee. You are also welcome to bring in your own food for your event (cake, pizza, catered food, etc.); however, you cannot bring in your own alcohol. If you’d like to watch a film, all you have to do is bring in a DVD or Blu-ray. All of our equipment is at your disposal. If you have something special in mind, feel free to e-mail us your idea and we’d be happy to work something out! A deposit must be made in advance by cash, check, or any major credit card. In order to streamline the process and organize our lives a little more, we require that you fill out the theatre rental form first below and we will contact you regarding your rental.Request Info
The Prytania Theatre is one of a handful of Neighborhood Single-Screen Movie Theatres left in the United States. Over the past 100 years, there were over 300 single-screen movie theatres in the New Orleans area alone, now there is only one! The Brunet
family has been operating movie theatres for over 100 years and saved the Prytania from closing in 1995.
Keeping the 100+ year old Prytania Theatre operating is certainly a worthwhile challenge, but keeping the state-of-the-art digital presentation in optimum condition is very costly. In an effort to improve and maintain the Prytania, we are pleased to announce the Prytania Theatre's Membership Club and Loyalty Program. We decided to start the program to raise needed operating revenue while offering special benefits to show our appreciation to our loyal friends and family.
We are proud to introduce the RED CARPET REWARDS program and the SILVER SCREEN CLUB. Your membership will help the Prytania Theatre continue to operate and help us stay current with cinema technology, while also offering benefits to you as a member.
As a member, if there is something we can do to make your Prytania Family Experience better, please email us at Membership@ThePrytania.com
See ya at the Prytania,
Red Carpet Rewards weekly email with discounts and special offers
10% discount on all concession purchases
Rewards points on all Prytania Theatre purachases
Red Carpet Rewards Card
All the benefits of the Red Carpet Rewards
Members-Only emails with advance notice of movies, bookings and special events and ability to purchase tickets in advance
Special member discounted ticket price for Prytania Theatre regular features
Members discounted pricing on Prytania partnered festivals/events (Oscar Awards Watch Party, Filmorama, French Film Fest, and screenings)
All the benefits of the Extras Tier
Two(2) free movie passes upon purchase
FREE special screenings for members
FREE small bag of popcorn (1 per movie)
FREE invitation to the annual Prytania Members Gala
FREE Prytania Members ONLY gift bag
All the benefits of the Cast Member Tier
FREE Members ONLY shirt
FREE admission to Classic and Late Nite Series Movies
Recognition on the Prytania Membership Web Page
All the benefits of the Director Tier
FREE admission for member plus one guest to all Prytania movies and events
FREE concessions for member plus one guest at every visit (up to $50 per visit)
Private screenings at Prytania Theatre (at mutually agreeable date/time Monday thru Thursday)
The Prytania Theater at 5339 Prytania Street was built in 1914, opened in December of that year, and was operated by Jacobs and Landry. On November 25, 1917, M. H. Jacobs announced the completion of a total modernization of the theater including a larger seating capacity, roomier and more comfortable seats, and various modern appliances throughout. Nine years later, on November 22, 1926, at 12:40 A.M., Prytania streetcar motorman C. J. Sekinger saw the theater in flames, turned in the alarm, and roused sleeping neighbors. The theater, valued at $15,000 sustained $10,000 in damages. On January 1, 1927, M. H. Jacobs stated that he had secured a new lease and would “rebuild the structure on a more elaborate scale.” Elaborate improvements included a fancy new lobby with red velvet and polished brass, a new front façade, and a new $15,000 Hilgren-Lane unit orchestral organ. Final details progressed “under the capable direction of Emile Weil, architect.”
On April 16, with Mrs. Mike Kalar at the organ, the theater opened with Upstage starring Norma Shearer. Other fare included the Hal Roach Our Gang comedy Ten Years Old, Pathe News, and a travelogue in natural color. Total cost of the new Prytania was $100,000. Because of its beauty, patrons began calling the Prytania, the “Little Saenger.” However, as with all movie theaters, when talking pictures finally totally replaced silents, organ use and any stage activity ceased, except for special occasions and rentals. Jacobs obtained or built other theaters including the Napoleon and the Poplar, and he also acquired other partners, and eventually merged his company nto United Theaters on June 6, 1930. United then became the new owner of the Prytania.
After almost four decades of continued success, on January 28, 1968, United Theaters president C. prytania-theatre-at-nightClare Woods announced that United had chosen three of its most successful theaters—the Beacon, the Carrollton, and the Prytania— for a complete makeover including new façades, new lobbies, and a new policy of booking first-run films, with a reopening set for April 15. Shortly before the Prytania was set to reopen the theater was gutted by a general alarm fire which was noticed by a next-door neighbor at 6:25 P.M. on April 11, 1968. The fire department estimated the damage at $10,000. The construction was resumed and the theater finally reopened on Christmas Day 1968, with Skidoo, a Paramount picture directed by Otto Preminger. The score was by Harry Nilsson and the cast included Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Peter Lawford, Burgess Meridith, George Raft, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, and Groucho Marx as a mob kingpin named “God.”
A little over five years later, on February 24, 1974, Patrick McNamara, director of the Energy Theater and the new lessee, outlined his program of live theater for the Prytania. Three years afterward, on January 17, 1977, Paul S. Richardson, the young operations manager of Movies, Incorporated, announced that he would operate the Prytania starting on January 28, with a policy of double-bill programs, including overlooked new films and popular films that still had appeal.
Almost 20 years later, on October 1, 1996, Landmark Theater Corporation (Movies, Incorporated, had merged with Landmark in 1982) announced that it would be ceasing operation at the end of McNamara’s lease, citing poor profitability. With the expiration of McNamara’s lease of 23 years, the owner of the land, William Ellis, gained control of the building. At the time, McNamara offered $50,000 for the land, but Ellis wanted $130,000, and McNamara declined.
A rush of offers to buy the land, including the theater, resulted in many phone calls to Ellis, with the first coming from retired Navy seal Chris Riley and the third coming from Rene Brunet Jr. On January 11, 1997, Riley announced that he had purchased the land/theater package earlier that week for $130,000. On February 22 Rene Brunet Jr. signed a five-year lease with Riley. The theater reopened April 18 with the 25th anniversary release of The Godfather. Everything went very well until the tragic death of Chris Riley and the hardship situation it caused for his mother. However, this fortunately ended in the purchase of the theater from Mrs. Gracia Riley by businessman John Gish on September 9, 2003, for $375,000.
Rene-brunet-StreetcarAfter completing the technological renovations that started in 2006, including new digital equipment acquired in 2008, Rene and his son Robert Brunet renegotiated their agreement with John Gish in 2010. They currently are operating under a 50-year lease that extends to members of the Brunet family who wish to continue in the theater business.
The Prytania in 2012 is the only single-screen theater in Louisiana and the oldest operating cinema in the New Orleans metro area. The recently renovated theater just added a coffee shop and ice cream parlor, and the lobby features scores of photos of New Orleans’s lost movie houses. It includes the latest state-of-the art equipment, including Sony Digital 4K Projection, Dolby Digital Sound and “Real D 3-D” systems. The Prytania enjoys special relationships with the citizens of New Orleans who recognize it as a treasure. In May 2012, BoxOffice declared it “one of New Orleans cultural landmarks, a key venue for moviegoers and distributors.”
Rene Brunet’s generosity after Hurricane Katrina will never be forgotten as he offered free admission to first responders for several months after the August 2005 storm. The first movie shown was the premiere of the locally made film, Waiting.
In November 2009 Brunet donated the use of his theater for a benefit for his alma mater, Warren Easton High School. The event was a red carpet gala premier of The Blind Side. Hundreds of local notables, including Saints quarterback Drew Brees, were drawn to the prytania-theatre-sandra-bullockinvitation-only affair. Rene said, “Little did we know that in our presence that evening were two stars headed for the record books.” Just months later, Sandra Bullock won an academy award, and Brees and his New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl. Rene, who left high school early to run the Imperial Theater after his father fell ill, was recently inducted into the Warren Easton Charter High School Hall of Fame.
Other big events in 2010 included screening of the Harry Shearer film The Big Uneasy and a showing of Cairo Time with star Patricia Clarkson on stage answering questions.
Brunet knows the movie business and knows his customers. And as his weekly gross figures attest, he is a master at programming for them. The “Classic Movie Series” presented three times a week at 10 A.M. draws a very loyal crowd. Rene introduces the pictures and shares coffee and cookies after the films. The Midnight Movies on Friday and Saturday nights attract a totally different audience. On most other nights, the Prytania features first-run films. Crossover, art and foreign films also find a home at the theater. On some mornings, school kids by the busload visit the theater to see G-rated productions. It is also rented for private parties and corporate events.
The New Orleans Saints booked the Prytania to debut their Super Bowl film. At the request of local movie icon, Arthur Barnett, one of the most unusual uses of the theater occurred in 2011 when his memorial service was held there. Another special event was a surprise 90th prytania-theatre-drew-breesbirthday party for Rene!
The Prytania also hosts annual events, such as the New Orleans Film Festival and the French Film Festival. Come Academy Awards time, the Prytania runs nominated films, including obscure ones, and presents an annual Oscar Party. On occasion, Rene offers the theater for private screenings of new movies for reviewers and sometimes the stars themselves. On a late summer afternoon in 2012, Brad Pitt occupied a front row seat.
Rene continues to take tickets at the door and to visit with the crowd in the lobby, answering questions and soliciting opinions. In 2015 the Prytania Theater, the oldest operating theater in New Orleans, will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Rene Brunet Jr., at 91-years-old, is already making plans for the centennial celebration. He plans to be there.
Let’s All Go To The Lobby Tshirt (in black & red)