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The Theatres at Canal Place in New Orleans, Louisiana opened its doors last night, May 26, 2010. The theater was previously run by Landmark Theatres as the Landmark Canal Place Cinema and closed in September 2009 after its lease ran out.
According to the press release issued by owner Southern Theatres, LLC., the new theater boasts five screens with a decor that is "inspired by the Art Deco era of the 30s with a contemporary twist." Each auditorium is equipped with a digital cinema projector with 2D and 3D capability (35mm film projection is also possible), stadium seating, and luxurious leather high-backed seats. A call button will summon a waiter/waitress to your seat for drinks and selections from the upscale café and bar -- Chef Adolfo Garcia’s Gusto.
You can view the showtimes for The Theatres at Canal Place and purchase tickets online, right from our site! You will also find a map with directions, news articles, contact information, and more, by visiting the Information Page.
Southern Theatres, LLC. operates 19 locations in nine states, including six in Louisiana (including The Theatres at Canal Place).
The full press release appears below.
May 20, 2010
New Orleans, LA (May 20, 2010) − Décor inspired by the Art Deco era of the 30s with a contemporary twist. State-of-the-art screens, projection and sound. Leather, luxury, high-back movie seats. Flavorful dishes and cocktails delivered to your seat by a waiter. While this description may conjure images of big-city glamour, it is coming soon to New Orleans with the grand opening of The Theatres at Canal Place.
On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 10:00 PM (for a midnight showtime), The Theatres at Canal Place, located at 333 Canal Street in the Shops at Canal Place, will open its doors to reveal a $4 million renovation and a movie theatre concept that places New Orleans on equal footing with the likes of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.
The Theatres' lobby and auditoriums will be highly-amenitized, featuring:
The Theatres at Canal Place will feature newly-released, conventional films, like the opening night, premier showing of Sex and the City 2. True to its heritage (formerly Landmark Canal Place Cinemas), The Theatres will continue to feature independent, foreign, and art films on the marquee, and will honor the venue’s 19-year tradition as a host to the New Orleans Film Festival. The Theatres has retained 35mm projection to accommodate film product that is not digital, as is often the case with independent, art and foreign films.
Chef Adolfo Garcia sets a new standard for cinema fare with Gusto. Mediterranean small plates and favorite local fare are thoughtfully presented in an upscale café and bar housed in The Theatres’ lobby. A variety of well-selected wines by the glass, Italian sodas, seasonal hand-crafted cocktails and a premium bar are featured. Offerings range from house-cured artisanal salumi from a Mano, house-made hummus and tzatziki served with flatbreads, grilled vegetable and goat cheese panini, and parmesan and black pepper popcorn. Traditional cinema concessions, such as Coke™, popcorn and candy, will be available alongside specialty popcorn and New Orleans treats such as Hubig pies, pralines and specialty chocolates by Southern Candymakers and cookies by Angelo Brocato. Guests can order and enjoy Gusto’s offerings in the lobby’s lounge area, in the auditoriums through in-seat service, on the go while shopping at Canal Place, or for lunch during a downtown workday.
The Theatres at Canal Place CEO, George Solomon, who, along with his family, has been in the movie theatre business for over 60 years. According to Solomon, “Being able to enjoy a variety of small plates with Chef Adolfo’s Mediterranean dishes and the opportunity to have favorite local treats like Hubig’s pies is what elevates our cinema fare. His well-chosen wine list, seasonal cocktails, and Italian sodas are wonderful amenities for our guests.”
“I wanted to bring this new style of entertainment to New Orleans to celebrate the power of movies and demonstrate my confidence in, and commitment to, the renaissance of this City. I am excited to introduce this new approach to moviegoers in New Orleans. It is taking the experience of enjoying a movie to an entirely new level,” Solomon added.
Chef Adolfo Garcia adds, “I am thrilled to be a part of The Theatres at Canal Place. It makes sense to offer flavorful accompaniments to enhance the cinema and shopping experience. Gusto does this uniquely through Mediterranean-inspired dishes, seasonal cocktails, wine, and some favorite local treats.”
The five auditoriums will seat a total of 330 people. Ticket prices are $8.00 before 6:00 p.m., daily; $10.00 after 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and $12.00 after 6:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday and holidays. A movie ticket is not required for guests seeking to enjoy only the food and beverage offerings of Chef Adolfo Garcia’s Gusto. However, to enjoy a full-service Gusto experience from your cinema seat, we suggest you arrive 30 minutes before the start of your movie.
The Theatres at Canal Place is set to reopen its doors at 10:00 PM (for a midnight showtime) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, with the national premier of Sex and the City 2. Starting Thursday, May 27, the Theatres will also feature Greenberg and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Starting May 20, 2010, tickets will be offered for sale on the website www.TheTheatres.com. After the grand opening, tickets will also be available for purchase at The Theatres.
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