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Joy Spotted on Canal


The lights were bright once again on Canal Street last night, as Miss Irma Thomas flipped the switch to light the sign of the newly renovated Joy Theater sign. The Theater, which went off line in 2003, received a $5 million renovation after a group of investors bought the decades-old movie house over the summer. The new incarnation of the Joy will host music, theatre, parties and movies.

 

Joy is the first of the old downtown theatres to return to commerce on Canal St. after years of inactivity. Prytania Theatre owner Rene Brunet operated the theatre until 2003, and it then sat vacant for two more years before the federal flood inundated the bottom portion.

 

"When Katrina hit simultaneously, the Lowe’s, the Joy, and the Orpheum were all flooded. Seriously flooded," Brunet told NoDef earlier this year. "All had big basements, and all had twelve to twenty feet of water."

 

From ticket booth to balcony, the renovation process aimed to bring the Theater back. According to a spec sheet, the 10,000 square foot venue can seat up to 900 people, has three permanent bars,  and 2,100 square foot balcony. 

 

Miss Irma will also officially reopen the Theater when she plays a concert there Dec. 29. The Soul Rebels are lined up for Dec. 30, and Kermit Ruffins will play New Year's Eve. For the month of January, the Theater already booked Percy Sledge, Cowboy Mouth, Little River Band the stage show, Glitz.




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