Feb 142019

(courtesy of the New Orleans Film Society)

During the last weekend before parades take over Uptown streets, there’s still plenty to do without leaving the neighborhood. To name a few: You can take in a French movie at the Prytania or a play at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center.

French Film Festival

The 22nd New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest running foreign language festivals in the country, showcases contemporary and classic francophone Cinema for audiences of about 4,000 at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., the oldest single-screen movie house operating in Louisiana.

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Dec 162018
22nd annual New Orleans French Film Festival

The New Orleans Film Society will host their 22nd annual New Orleans French Film Festival in February 2019 at Prytania Theatre. (via NOFS)

The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced that the 22nd annual New Orleans French Film Festival will be held from February 15 to 21, 2019, at the historical Prytania Theatre. Last year, the festival reached a record audience of about 4000 attendees, and NOFS expects the festival to grow even more next year. Continue reading »

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Nov 052012

The Time-Raptor (via hellyesfest.com)

Tired of that boring old election? Prefer time-traveling dinosaurs?

You’re in luck — the annual Hell Yes Fest opens Tuesday (Nov. 6) with the world premiere of “The Time-Raptor” at Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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.