HOW FILM SHAPED THE CULTURE OF NEW ORLEANS AND WHERE TO EXPERIENCE TWO OF THE CITY’S MOST SIGNIFICANT FILM FESTIVALS THIS SPRING
As one of the world’s most famous film production destinations, New Orleans offers experiences for cinephiles of all kinds. From historic movie theaters to world-renowned film festivals, there is plenty of enjoyment for visitors looking to satisfy their food and film cravings.
The Significance of Film on New Orleans Culture
Over the last century, the film industry has impacted New Orleans in many advantageous ways. It is no surprise that the city’s impressive architecture, historic buildings, and southern charm have drawn in film producers from around the world. Some of the most popular movies and shows filmed in the Crescent City include “Streetcar Named Desire,” “Girls Trip,” “American Horror Story,” and “NCIS: New Orleans.” As a result, film has been a prominent player in boosting the economy and generating tourism within the city.
Prytania Theatre Uptown
Located in New Orleans’s Garden District neighborhood, the Prytania Theatre has delivered rich film experiences to locals since 1915. The theatre remains the oldest in the south and has played a significant role in film history.
Due to a rise in mainstream movie cinemas, Prytania Theatre became the center of indie and alternative film culture. Film buffs can now enjoy movies at the theatre’s second location in Canal Place in Downtown New Orleans. Today, the theatre hosts the world-renowned New Orleans French Film Festival in addition to watch parties and debut screenings.
Experience Film Festivals at one of the Oldest Theatres in New Orleans
This year, New Orleans will host two notorious film festivals in March. Attendees can enjoy featured film showings, live events, and immersive experiences, all while relishing in the cuisine and zest of the city.
New Orleans French Film Festival
Every year the New Orleans Film Society hosts the New Orleans French Film Festival bringing in tourists and harboring local film enthusiasts. The festival is one of the country’s longest-running foreign language film festivals, featuring full-length and short films and lectures. Featured showings include “Madeleine Collins,” “Other People’s Children,” “The Origin of Evil,” “Final Cut,” and “Revoir Paris.”
All events will occur at the historic Prytania Theatre and Prytania Theatres at Canal Place from Thursday, March 9 to Monday, March 13, 2023.
Overlook Film Festival
What better way to appreciate the country’s most horrific films than in America’s most haunted city?
The Overlook Film Festival “showcases exciting work in new and classic independent horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows for a fully immersive weekend.”
Attendees can enjoy immersive experiences and showings, including festival favorites, new releases, and feature premiers. All events will occur at the historic Prytania Theatre and Prytania Theatres at Canal Place from Thursday, March 30, to Sunday, April 2, 2023.
Stay at Maison Dupuy
One of the best ways to experience film festivals in New Orleans is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. Maison Dupuy is ideally situated in the heart of the French Quarter. Make a reservation at Maison Dupuy today.