Liberty Theatre

420 Saint Charles Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Previously operated by: RKO, Saenger Amusement Company

Architects: Albert Drennan, Joseph Fromherz

Firms: Fromherz & Drennan

Styles: Neo-Classical

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Liberty Theatre

The Liberty Theatre opened in 1918, next to the St. Charles Theatre (aka Orpheum Theatre), on St. Charles Avenue. It, like the St. Charles Theatre, was part of the Saenger Amusement chain.

The Liberty Theatre closed in 1955, and was demolished a few years later (followed not long afterward by the St. Charles Theatre, which ended its days as a nightclub). The Pan-American Life Insurance Building was later constructed on the site of the two theaters.

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teecee on February 9, 2005 at 2:40 pm

Library of Congress website has a photo and lists the location as Saint Charles Street.

CSWalczak on May 19, 2008 at 12:07 pm

The Mike Rivest website lists only one Liberty Theater in New Orleans, locating it at 420 St. Charles and further indicates that the operator was RKO from 1950-55. “Tarzan and the Leopard Woman” was re-released by RKO in 1950 (originally released in 1946).

CinemaTour, though, puts this theater on Canal Street (no number indicated). The picture matches, but I doubt that it was on Canal.

CSWalczak on May 19, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Actually, there’s another picture of the Liberty on the same site that you cited earlier;
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where, if one looks to the right, a set of framed exhibition photos for the film showing at the theater next door and what appears to be a neon letter ’S' on top of what is undoubtedly a marquee can be seen. Considering also the streetcar tracks in front of the theaters, I don’t think there’s any doubt about the location being St. Charles Street circa 1950.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 12, 2023 at 11:48 am

The New Orleans-based trade journal Building Review published an item in its issue of September 30, 1916 saying that the Victoria Hotel next to the Orpheum Theatre on St. Charles Avenue would be demolished beginning October 1 to make way for a moving picture theater to be built for Ernest Boehringer. The theater was being designed and built by the Fromherz & Drennan company (Joseph Fromherz and Albert Drennan.)

This page at New Orleans Historical says the Liberty opened in 1918, operated by Boehringer Amusement Company on behalf of the owners, Saenger Amusement. The page also says the Liberty was last operated by RKO, and closed in 1955.

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