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New Orleans Theater
 

New Orleans Theaters and Performance Spaces

In the city where live entertainment has been going on for 250 years, stagecraft is still very much a live form of art and expression. Theaters in and around New Orleans offer humorous and serious fare at reasonable prices and at convenient times. Check out where the live action is here.

 
New Orleans Theaters & Performance Spaces
All Ways Lounge and Theatre
2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 218-5778
www.marignytheatre.org

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: All Ways Lounge and Theater is a burlesque venue with live, local music and entertaining shows almost every night. If you are looking for a local spot with a loud, and very active audience, All Ways is the place to stop. All Ways Lounge and Theater is an exciting place to visit for music and drinks any night, just be sure you’re ready to dance!
Anthony Bean Community Theater
1333 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 862-7529
www.anthonybeantheater.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)
The Civic Theater
510 O’Keefe Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 272-0865
www.civicnola.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Built in 1906, New Orleans’ Civic Theater is the oldest performance theater in the city. Most of the building’s original décor and architecture remain in-tact, making the Civic Theater a beautiful place to visit and relish in a piece of NOLA history. Civic hosts contemporary music, arts, and performance events throughout the week that attract large audiences, so be sure to buy tickets online before you go! In addition to a musical experience, theatergoers can enjoy specialty-crafted cocktails created by talented mixologists.
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-3805
www.cacno.org

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Theatre (Performance)

Description: Since 1976, the CAC has led the transformation of NOLA's Warehouse District into the vibrant cultural hub it is today. Over 30,000 square feet (it is a warehouse, after all) hosts bold experiments in studio and performing arts of all kinds, with world-class exhibitions, shows, educational programs and celebrations happening year-round. Step inside and admire its award-winning architecture and airy, transformational space.
Delgado's Drama Hall
615 City Park Ave., Building 1, 300 West, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 483-4512
www.dcc.edu

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)
Dixon Hall
104 Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 865-5269
www.summerlyric.tulane.edu

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)
Ellis Marsalis Center for Music
1901 Bartholomew St., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 940-3200
ellismarsaliscenter.org

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Educational Institution, Cultural Center

Description: The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is located in Musicians Village in the hip Marigny/Bywater neighborhood. The New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village was built after Hurricane Katrina as a place to support the city’s thriving, long-lived community of musicians. The Ellis Marsalis Center includes a performance hall, educational classrooms, and recording studios. The center is a great place to experience New Orleans culture through local art and musical talent.
Freda Lupin Memorial Hall
2800 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 940-2787

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: The Freda Lupin Memorial Hall on the NOCCA campus is used for student, local theatre and dance performances.
Jefferson Performing Arts Center
400 Phlox St., Metairie, LA 70001 [Map It]
(504) 885-2000
www.jpas.org

Neighborhood: Jefferson Parish
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: The Jefferson Performing Arts Center at the East Jefferson High School Auditorium offers a venue for large scale theatrical productions by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. It has a seating capacity of over 1500 with balcony, parquet and orchestra sections. Patrons can experience the thrill of big Broadway musicals, operas and more featuring the best talent from the local community, the U. S. and abroad.
The Joy Theater
1200 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 331-0722
www.thejoytheater.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: The landmark Joy Theater was one of the first movie theaters to be built in downtown New Orleans. The historic venue was closed in 2003 and reopened in 2011 as a place for live music, theatrical performances, and other special entertainment events. The Joy Theater is located on Canal Street, which is conveniently walking distance from the main areas of the French Quarter.
La Nuit Comedy Theater
5039 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 231-7011
www.lanuittheater.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: La Nuit Comedy Theater is home to New Orleans’ most exciting and original comedy shows! Featuring Chicago-Style Improv, Pro-Am Stand-Up, and all-ages comedy for your kids or company. La Nuit Comedy Theater features live sketch, standup and improv shows Thursday through Saturday as well as special events and festivals. La Nuit Comedy Theater is also home to the Comedy Conservatory, the only comedy training center in the Gulf South.
Le Petit Theatre
616 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 522-2081
www.lepetittheatre.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Historic Building

Description: This community theatre dating back to 1916 is the oldest continually-operated theatre in the country.
Lower Depths Theatre
6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 865-2074

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: The Lower Depths Theater is an experimental black-box theater seating approximately 70-85 individuals. This particular theater is adaptable to a variety of dramatic forms due to its size and versatility.
Lupin Theatre at Tulane University
16 Newcomb Blvd., Dixon Annex, Tulane University , New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 865-5105
www.neworleansshakespeare.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)
Mahalia Jackson Theater
1419 Basin St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-1052
www.mahaliajacksontheater.com

Neighborhood: Treme
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: The Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts is a historic arts venue located in the city’s famous Armstrong Park. A cultural hub within NOLA, The Mahalia Jackson Theater hosts a diverse variety of performance and musical events, including operas, plays, and dance shows. The theater is named to honor Mahilia Jackson, a world-renowned and beloved gospel singer who was born and raised in New Orleans. Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone, or in person at the theater’s box office.
Marigny Opera House
725 Saint Ferdinand St., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 948-9998
www.marignyoperahouse.org

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Church/Cathedral of Interest, Other Attraction, Cultural Center

Description: Don’t let the name fool you. This space also serves as an incubator for new art and theater projects, hosting events like the New Orleans Fringe Festival, the city's Puppet Festival, and its very own New Dance Festival. The building is a former 19th century church, currently undergoing renovations and dripping with the kind of character you'll only find in New Orleans.
McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Ave., McAlister Dr., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 865-5196
www.mcalister.tulane.edu

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)
Mid-City Theatre
3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 488-1460
www.midcitytheatre.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Mid-City Theatre is New Orleans’ newest neighborhood performance venue. The Theatre hosts weekly shows, including comedy, music, drama and cabaret. Tickets are reasonably priced and the event schedule is diverse, which makes Mid-City Theatre a great option for couples, friends, or families. Be sure to check out the Theater’s website to buy tickets and see who is performing.
The New Movement Theater
1919 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 302-8264
newmovementtheater.com

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: The New Movement (TMN) Theater is a comedy conservatory located in the young, hip Marigny/Bywater neighborhood. TNM’s founders are New Orleans locals with a passion for sketch comedy and improvisation. TNM hosts weekly comedy events and performances, most for under $10, as well as offers sketch and improv classes for aspiring performers. If you are looking for a hilariously amusing experience in an exciting area of the city, visit TNM Theater!
The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
916 North Peters St., French Market, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 589-4806
www.nps.gov

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Theatre (Performance)

Description: New Orleans is universally considered to be the birthplace of the uniquely American brand of music known as Jazz. The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was created in 1994 to commemorate this memorable musical legacy. The park’s purpose is to preserve information, resources, and sites related to the beginnings and progressions of jazz in New Orleans.
NORD Ty Tracy Theater
545 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 598-3800
www.crescentcitylights.org

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Located on the 1st floor of the historic Gallier Hall in the heart of downtown New Orleans, the critically acclaimed theatre has been one of the premiere venues for musical theatre in New Orleans for more than 40 years.
Nunemaker Auditorium
6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Nunemaker Auditorium is located on the third floor of the the Monroe Science Complex located directly behind the Communications/Music Complex. The auditorium is 400-seat lecture/concert hall, which is used for the weekly recital hour, as well as solo and small ensemble performances.
Robert E. Nims Theatre
2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70148 [Map It]
(504) 280-7468

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Robert E. Nims Theatre is located in the Performing Arts Center on the University of New Orleans (UNO) Campus. The Theatre hosts weekly theatrical and musical performances by student organizations and local entertainment groups. Check out the University’s website for upcoming events on campus and performance schedules!
Roussel Performance Hall
6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 865-2074

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: The space is dedicated to providing educational and entertaining performances, which include outstanding concerts, guest performers, jazz, dance, and theatre productions in an intimate setting.
Saenger Theater
143 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 524-2490
www.saengernola.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Designed by renowned architect Emile Weil and built in 1927, the Saenger Theatre’s interior re-creates the ambience of a 15th century Italian courtyard and gardens, complete with a starlit evening sky ceiling, arched surroundings, statuary, columns and decorative moldings. Despite a brief hiatus following hurricane Katrina, it continues to serve as the grandest and most opulent entertainment venue in New Orleans today.
Shadowbox Theatre
2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 298-8676
www.theshadowboxtheatre.com

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: The Shadowbox is one of the newest live performance space in the Marigny/Bywater area. This area is home to New Orleans' growing fringe theatre scene, and an ever increasing number of galleries and performance spaces. The Shadowbox's intimate size and versatility make it a ready home for all types of shows, and a favorite spot for audiences and performers alike.
Smoothie King Center
1501 Girod St., New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 587-3663, (800) 756-7074
www.neworleansarena.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Sporting Venue

Description: The state-of-the-art arena opened on Oct. 19, 1999 is now the proud home of the NBA New Orleans Hornets in addition to accommodating concerts, festivals, circuses, ice shows, family attractions, meetings, banquets, receptions, trade shows, exhibits, Mardi Gras parties, special convention shows, private functions, and closed-circuit television presentations each year.
The Stage Door Canteen
945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-1943
www.nationalww2museum.org

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Bette Davis served the desserts. Marlene Dietrich and Lauren Bacall danced the night away. Red Skelton told the jokes and Bing Crosby crooned. The place was The Stage Door Canteen and the guests were the steady stream of GIs headed off to war. Many were leaving home for the first time and the Canteens offered a welcome opportunity to forget, if only for a night, their fears and anxieties. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans honors this memorable war-time tradition in our very own Stage Door Canteen, an entertainment and dining destination. Take a musical journey back to yesteryear with exciting theatrical shows. Enjoy pre-show dinner or brunch by The American Sector restaurant. Year round the Stage Door Canteen features live entertainment of the era including jazz nights, swing dancing, comedy and more.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Sugar Bowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 587-3663, (800) 756-7074
www.mbsuperdome.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Sporting Venue

Description: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has hosted six Superbowls - more than any other facility of its kind - three NCAA's Final Fours and more Saints games, Sugar Bowls and star-studded events than imaginable. Built in 1975, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is better than ever.
Teatro Wego! Theatre
177 Sala Ave., Westwego, LA 70094 [Map It]
(504) 885-2000

Neighborhood: Jefferson Parish
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Teatro Wego! Theatre/Westwego Community Center is located adjacent to the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre and offers patrons a unique theatre experience while providing artists the opportunity to envision, build, and execute intimate performances in a cabaret-style setting.
UNO Lakefront Arena
6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122 [Map It]
(504) 280-7171
www.arena.uno.edu

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Sporting Venue

Description: Consistently ranked among the top ten in entertainment industry publications, the Arena has enjoyed the rating of #1 internationally in its category. The Arena has been included in the Top Ten for well over a decade among all public assembly venues, and is the #1 university venue of its size-a status that it has maintained for several years.
UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70148 [Map It]
(504) 280-6381

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall is a 375-seat Recital Hall, practice and performance space for both large and small ensembles.
Westwego Performing Arts Theatre
177 Sala Ave., Westwego, LA 70094 [Map It]
(504) 885-2000

Neighborhood: Jefferson Parish
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Nestled near the corner of historic Sala Avenue and River Road, the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre is a proscenium style theatre with 12 rows of raked seating. Managed by Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS), patrons can experience a season of great theatre including musicals, family-friendly fare, and new works each year. The seating capacity for this theatre is 255.
 
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