Oct 292012

The former Coliseum Theater as seen in “Interview with a Vampire”

Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart will release their book “There’s One In Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans” at a party showcasing old film reels on the Prytania Theatre’s screen (Nov. 1, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.). Continue reading »

Jul 042012

The director and cast of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” — the film shot in the marshes of Terrebonne Parish that won over judges at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals — will appear for a question-and-answer session following a screening of the movie Friday evening at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

Apr 182012

Crowds gather in the entrance of the Prytania Theatre for the New Orleans Film Society's annual Oscar-watching party in February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Featuring New Orleans debuts, interviews with directors and “films you won’t see anywhere else,” the New Orleans Film Society’s week-long “filmOrama” celebration of independent and foreign films begins Friday at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

Feb 262012

Marie Tan and Chelsea Murphy, both dressed as versions of Marilyn Monroe from "My Week With Marilyn," pose for a photo together Sunday evening in the lobby of the Prytania Theatre before the start of the New Orleans Film Society's annual Oscar-watching party. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 262012

The New Orleans Film Society is hosting its annual Oscar party tonight at Prytania Theatre, complete with film trivia and a costume contest. Meanwhile, the society is also looking for supporters to help purchase a screen and projector for an outdoor film series.

Details on both tonight’s party at the Prytania and the “Movies to Geaux” project are below, via email: Continue reading »

Sep 162011

“During this past weekend’s showing of THE ROOM, some jackass threw a metal spoon at our screen and punctured a hole in it,” wrote Robert Brunet on the venerable Uptown single-screen’s Facebook page. “Our screen is a special silver screen designed for our Digital Projector to give an optimum image. If anyone has knowledge of who did this, I will give them a lifetime pass to the theatre.” Continue reading »

Jul 152011

Dressed in costume Paris Cocke, 16, and Madeleine Dixon, 17, wait for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 to begin shortly before midnight at Prytania Theater. "This is the most important part of our lives next to our weddings," said Dixon. Both Cocke and Dixon said it felt like their childhood was coming to an end. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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May 112011

Jean-Paul Villere

Movie lovers unite! Your season is upon you! With school almost out for everyone, summer movie mania is about to set in. And each year it’s whiz bang this and ginormous budget that. This season’s crop promises no exception. Sequels, prequels, threequels, whatever you want to call them, they’re unavoidable, but what is it with reboots? It’s like going on a bad first date for the second time, kinda. It’s never a good idea. At least within the same decade. Sure some franchises span generations but some can’t stop mis-stepping. Hulk, anyone? And yet, later in summer, there will another Planet of the Apes movie. I love the original, and Tim Burton’s retelling with Marky Mark was passable. But c’mon. Another? Continue reading »

Mar 262011

Rene Brunet, the 89-year-old owner of the Prytania Theatre and its gracious doorman, describes growing up in the theater side of the movie business, his hobby of playing the organ, and the Prytania’s place in the world today, in a wide-ranging interview with the website NOLA Defender.

Jan 252011

With today’s announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominees, the Prytania Theatre made an announcement of its own: between now and March 3, the Uptown cinema will be hosting a full slate of Oscar contenders.

The “Best Picture Series” is already underway with showings of The King’s Speech, which led the field with 12 nominations. Through the next several weeks, the Black Swan, Oscar-nominated short films, “True Grit” and “The Fighter” will all be shown, the cinema announced.

Aug 312010

Harry Shearer / thebiguneasy.com

With an opening night-screening of his levee-failure documentary, “The Big Uneasy,” at the Prytania Theatre in Uptown New Orleans, Harry Shearer knew he would be preaching to choir.

Taking the theatre stage to a full house’s standing ovation after Monday’s late showing, Shearer thanked the audience for their enthusiasm but described his broader goal.

“Nothing is more moving to me than hearing the reaction of the people of New Orleans, the city I adopted, the city that adopted me,” Shearer said. “But it wasn’t made for us. It was made for the rest of the country.”

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