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Join a Midnight Cult at The Prytania Theater

Friday and Saturday after dark can get hectic and if you’re like me, you want to take a step back some nights. The Prytania Theater’s Midnight Movie series is the perfect outlet for this impulse. You get a relatively inexpensive night out, catching cult classics at New Orleans’ only true neighborhood theater.

The Prytania Theater

The theater had a long running tradition of midnight movies prior to the storm, and resumed the screenings on a weekly basis last October after the theater’s upgrade to a state-of-the-art digital projection system. The film lineup typically features a mixture of edgier classics, beloved films of the 80’s and early 90’s, plus contemporary cult favorites (past films include Pulp Fiction, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, A Clockwork Orange, The Breakfast Club, Oldboy, The Princess Bride, and the requisite Rocky Horror Picture Show) .  Each movie has a two day run, so the selection changes every week.  There is enough variety that you’re bound to see something you love scheduled soon.

In addition to the films, the uptown cinema itself counts as an attraction, as it has outlasted all of the other neighborhood cinemas in the city, and is the longest operating cinema in the state. Its photograph-covered walls display pictures of local, single-screen theaters rendered obsolete by Megaplexes. Be sure to check out these fascinating black and white prints of majestic theaters that were once ubiquitous in New Orleans (the theaters on Canal Street are particularly stunning – who doesn’t love a marquee in lights?).

Midnite Movies at the Prytania Theater

The theater definitely feels like times past. There is no stadium seating, and the concession prices aren’t out of control (just beware of the high-powered air-conditioning, as it will quickly demonstrate that you are planted squarely in the present!)

So for all of you night owls, get out there on Friday or Saturday at midnight and see your favorite films from the past in the way they were meant to be seen – on the BIG screen.

Upcoming Films:

May 14 & 15- 2001: A Space Odyssey

May 21 &22- Rocky Horror Picture Show

May 28 & 29- E.T.

June 4 & 5- The Room

June 11 & 12 Shaun of the Dead
5539 Prytania St. 70115

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