3345 Metairie Road,
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Previously operated by: Joy's Theaters Inc.
Previous Names: Joy's Aereon Theatre
I do not know who originally owned the Aereon Theatre, but sometime in the 1960’s, it was acquired by Joy’s Theatres Inc.
The Aereon Theatre opened in 1948 as a 1,000-seat single screen, then twinned, and then Joy’s added to the left side of the building to have a third screen.
The Aereon Theatre had an old Manley popcorn machine with a glass kettle, where you could see the popcorn popping. The manager of the theatre for the last several years was Lois Walsh, a school teacher, and one of Joy Houck’s former wives.
Something odd about this theatre, in theatre #2, there was only one projector, running with 6000' (one hour) reels, so at the end of the third reel, there would be an intermission for a reel change.
I believe the Aereon Thetare closed in 1981, and Mrs. Walsh moved to manage Joy’s Panorama Theatre.
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