1947 Joy Theater to reopen in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - The Joy Theater's bright blinking "JOY" sign that for more than 50 years was as common a sight on Canal Street as the streetcars in New Orleans is blinking again for the first time since before Hurricane Katrina.
The illuminated sign is being hailed a beacon of light in a section of the city left largely dark and distressed since 2005, when Katrina flooded the Joy, Saenger and Loew's State Palace theaters - the epicenter of what once was a bustling theater district.
The Joy closed in 2003, unable to compete with large movie complexes offering multiple screens, digital sound and stadium seating. Katrina further hampered any chance of reopening. But on Thursday, the Joy returns, reborn as a multipurpose venue for performing arts, concerts and, of course, movie screenings.