Cortez Theatre

201 S. Cortez Street,
New Orleans, LA 70119

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Cortez Theatre photo from 02-26-1952, New Orleans

The Cortez Theatre opened in the early-1930’s with seating listed at 600. The theatre was located on the corner of Cortez Street and Cleveland Avenue.

The theater was closed in the mid-1950’s and was later demolished. Any further information on the Cotez Theatre would be appreciated.

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ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 2:28 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

There is a possibility that this house opened in 1916 as the Star Theatre. Here is an item from the August 5, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“The Star theater, a big house at Cortez and Cleveland streets, recently erected by John Sheppard, has passed to new management, composed of W. M. Rose and F. F. Goodrow. Mr. Goodrow is a wellknown former exchange man.”
The expansive 1910s would have been a more likely period than the depressed 1930s for a theater to have been opened in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

gonutz13 on August 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm

my great grandfather owned the Cortez, his name was Alfred Grosz. My family still owns the property and my mom could probably tell you plenty of stories. Feel free to contact me at , I am also looking for pictures of the theatre if anyone has some.

mhart on July 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

I am an heir of this property, my mother was one of seven. ANY information on this property would be appreciated. .i

mhart on July 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

I am an heir of this property, my mother was one of seven. ANY information on this property would be appreciated. .i

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