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No More Joy — The Rise and Fall of New Orleans' Movie Theatres

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One of the more bizarre absences from last year's New Orleans Film Festival was David D'Entremont's documentary No More Joy -- The Rise and Fall of New Orleans' Movie Theatres. Considering the subject matter and the way the film tugged at the heartstrings of longtime New Orleans residents, it seemed like a no-brainer. Even more curious, still, was it having to be shown out in Chalmette a few months ago. Will Orleans Parish, some had to wonder, ever embrace this endearing if rambling love letter to a dwindling institution? Well, finally, the film will be shown in New Orleans, and fittingly enough, at the Prytania -- the last of the neighborhood theaters that shows films on a regular basis. Gambit Weekly film critic Rick Barton, himself a native New Orleanian, put it best in his May review for the Chalmette run: "For me, watching people who have torn my ticket and sold me popcorn, this melancholy documentary, like so much of middle-age memory, is a rose-tinted journey into an altered universe, one, as the film's segment on segregated seating and single-race theaters acknowledges, wasn't really as sweet as we would choose to recall it today." Producer A.J. Roquevert and film subjects Rene Brunet, Rose Kern and Joseph Grilot will appear after the screening. Admission by donation only; proceeds benefit Variety Club International, the Children's Charity of the Motion Picture Industry.

1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29
Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., 891-2787

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