Canal Place Cinema, New OrleansNew Orleans is still in terrible shape, but at least residents will get to see independent films again soon. The news that Canal Place Cinema, a Landmark theater, will reopen on Feb. 10 was buried in a Times-Picayune article about the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Canal Place Cinema is located on the outskirts of the French Quarter and took a beating earlier this year due to Hurricane Katrina.

While a number of movie theaters in the greater New Orleans area have reopened in the past couple of months, none showed independent or foreign-language films. Even The Prytania, the only single-screen theater in the area, shows big-budget films like King Kong. For example, New Orleans-area residents were eager to see Capote, which they saw advertised in national TV commercials, but the AMC-owned open theaters chose not to offer the film. Many of the 2005 films being given awards or lauded in critics top-ten lists have been unavailable to New Orleanians. Moviegoers have had to drive to Baton Rouge to see "smaller" films, which is a complete reversal from my LSU days when we drove from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to see foreign films. Once Canal Place Cinema opens again, movie-loving New Orleanians will have a lot of catching up to do.
categories Movies, Cinematical