Napoleon Theatre

1014 Napoleon Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70115

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Previously operated by: Saenger Amusement Company, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

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Napoleon Theatre

The Napoleon Theatre opened in 1924 on Napoleon Avenue near Camp Street, with seating for 1,000. The theater operated until 1975, and has since been razed.

Any additional information on the Napoleon Theatre would be apprecicated.

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Rouillier on February 19, 2007 at 8:01 pm

The last feature I caught at The Napoleon, I noticed rather large rats running up and down the isles in the flicker of the carbon arc projector light. This was at one time a wonderful 1930s style neighborhood theater that was first class in every way. I regret that I did not get to experience it in its prime.

uptownrobert on June 25, 2007 at 1:11 am

A few films I recall seeing there were: “The Long Ships” starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Potier, “Help!” with The Beatles, 60’s re-release of “Snow White and Seven Dwarves”, Walt Disney’s The Love Bug and many many more!

Last night of the Napoleon I think it was 1969. I was there last night, last showing, the last film they ran was “Marooned” Gregory Peck, Gene Hackman, James Franciscus

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

TLSLOEWS on January 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

Thanks Mardi Gras Man.

Rabajohn on August 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Wow, finally found some info on the old Napoleon! Me & my two other brothers used to go there all the time in the mid sixties. I remember only seeing the following: “Born Free”, “Flipper”, “Jack the Giant Killer”, “Queen of Blood” & 2 Herschell Gordon Lewis directed films, “Gruesome Twosome” & “Something Wierd”. I sure wish it would have still been there a couple of months ago when me & my wife visited my old stomping grounds. Had not been there in 45 years. I miss it but still have some fun memories. Thanks for letting me share!

Rabajohn on August 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Oh! I almost forgot. I saw “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” at the Napoleon, also. Cool movie.

Rabajohn on October 22, 2011 at 10:12 am

I just remembered, I saw “Thunderball” the James Bond 007 movie with Sean Connery there, in 1965. The sharks in the pool thing really was scary back then for an 8 year old like me.

bvcxz on April 27, 2015 at 5:07 am

In the late 40s and early 50s I went to the Napoleon Theater just about every Friday night. I saw many Roy Rogers films and many more that I can no longer remember. The admission for us children was 15 cents. The theater was always packed with kids.

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