by Ken Korman
Vitascope Hall, a bar inside the Hyatt Regency hotel, will celebrate the 117th anniversary of its namesake — the world's first for-profit movie theater, which opened in New Orleans on Canal Street in 1896 — with a special event on Friday, July 26. With help from the Hollywood on the Bayou, New Orleans Film Commission, and the Prytania Theatre, Vitascope Hall will present a program of silent movies as originally seen in the early days of the historic theater on its 42 flat-screen TVs. Food and drink items priced at $1.17 will be available starting at 4 p.m. and throughout the evening, along with the regular menu. More info here and here.