Happyland Theater

3126 Burgundy Street,
New Orleans, LA 70117

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Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Art Deco

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All I really know about this theater is that it opened sometime in the 1920’s and remained open off and on until its closure in 1966. Before Katrina it was some type of warehouse and afterwards stood vacant and in a state of disrepair.

After being closed for 58 years, it was reopened as a live performance venue in 2015.

Contributed by Barry Marion

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

BigEasyBarry on August 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Here’s a pic of the Happy Land taken in August 2009.
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jeffmattsson on November 21, 2009 at 9:29 am

I possess a copy of the surveyor’s sketch dated April 21, 1924, which shows two small structures on the site of this theater. The one bearing the address 3130-32 is marked as “Happyland Pictureshow”. I’m guessing this drawing was made in preparation for the constuction of the current larger building named Happyland…

jeffmattsson on February 17, 2010 at 6:33 am

From where do you get the date of 1961? Do you have access to any further information? According to my (limited)research, this theater probably closed in 1957/8. I also possess proof that it was the “Happyland Thriftstore” in 1961. In response to Barry Marion’s post, it is certainly far from abandoned, although the term “in disrepair” does currently fit.

Gregtheleo on December 1, 2010 at 7:38 am

A neighbor of mine purchased this property shortly after Katrina. I managed to get a tour of the place. At that time(2006)the stage was still intact and there was a HUGE speaker hanging over it. I saw some minor stenciling on ceiling directly behind the big sliding doors on the front indicating this was most likely the lobby.

rivest266 on August 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

United opened their Happyland On March 24th, 1940

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