Chalmette Cinema

West Judge Perez Drive,
Chalmette, LA 70043

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November 1st, 1974 grand opening ad

This suburban theatre started life in 1974 as the twin screen Chalmette Cinema 1&2, located in the Cinema Mall shopping center on West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette, Louisiana. The Cinema Mall was located directly next to what was originally a huge Woolco.

Thru the years, a third cinema was added in former retail space, then the original twins were each split into 2, then former Chuck E. Cheese space was taken over for 3 more…ultimately the complex had 9 screens at the time of its demise..caused by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.

The entire mall flooded with well over 10 feet of water, and all that remained were the steel girders and framing. These were demolished in around 2008.

It was rebuilt with six screens and re-opened on July 30, 2010.

Contributed by craig trent

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

BigEasyBarry on August 9, 2009 at 9:38 pm

The mall has been renovated and will soon house an IHOP, a Save-a-Lot and a Big Lots. There are no plans to build a new theater.

southernproud311 on February 28, 2010 at 4:25 am

I remember this theater when I was a kid. Back in the 1980’s at one time there was also a Godfather’s Pizza attached to it and a movie rental business I believe was called Z Rental. Not long after that a music store existed close by. I remember all of this well and those were some fun times.

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

CSWalczak on July 31, 2010 at 11:42 am

This theater has been rebuilt from the ground up, now with six screens instead of the original nine, and reopened on July 30, 2010.
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rivest266 on August 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

This opened on November 1st, 1974 as a twin. I posted the grand opening here.

Cajundweeb on December 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I remember seeing “The Fox and the Hound” there. Access to the theatres was via a long hallway with stores along its length.

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