Jeff Theatre

4421 Jefferson Highway,
New Orleans, LA 70121

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Jeff Theatre

Opened in the early-1940’s the Jeff Theatre was listed as seating 960. The theatre was located on Jefferson Highway between Central Street & Newman Street.

I couldn’t find a closing date but it later became the Jefferson Feed Store. Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2010 at 6:29 am

The September 27, 1941, issue of Boxoffice said this: “The Jeff Theatre, operated by W. H. Castay, will be one year old September 29.”

“Bill” Castay (whose first name was actually Walter, not William) also operated the Arrow Theatre in New Orleans, and operated the Jeff Theatre at least as late as 1950. He was still operating the Arrow in 1959, but I haven’t found the Jeff mentioned later than 1952.

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 8:37 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.

WTKFLHN on August 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Someone working in the feed store, had told me the name of the theater and that it closed in 1950. The marquee aside, the front doors and the lobby are pretty much intact today. You can tell just being inside that “once upon a time”….

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