Lakeside Cinemas

3301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard,
Metairie, LA 70002

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Theatres

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Lakeside Cinemas

The Lakeside Cinemas opened as a twin on August 5, 1965. Two more screens were added on April 15, 1976. It closed in September 2000.

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canyontide
canyontide on September 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Ok, I made a mistake..it wasn’t the Joys 8..it was the Cinema City 6 :)

jaybee7414
jaybee7414 on July 20, 2011 at 6:39 am

I started going there a lot in the early-mid 80’s. I lived in Gretna, but like partying in Fat City, so I’d get loaded before the 7 or 7:30 movie and afterwards just walk across the street and start a tour of the Fat City bars. I first went to the theater in August of 1982 to watch Rocky 3.

In ‘82 I was 26.

jaybee7414
jaybee7414 on November 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

Amazing that there is no picture of this theater.

nolaboy70
nolaboy70 on March 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Hey, ya’ll. I came upon this site b/c I was remeniscing about the good ole days growing up in Kenner/Metairie way back in the 70’s and 80’s. I posted a couple of pics for ya’ll to enjoy. I saw so many movies back then, my most memorable was Rocky I and Carrie at Lakeside theater #1.

Jvmills
Jvmills on December 19, 2015 at 3:14 am

I used to work at this theater back in 1975-76. I was a parking lot attendant with a friend of mine. The films I saw…a LOT. Sound of Music, Westworld and many others. Sad this one is gone!

BillyShores18
BillyShores18 on June 12, 2016 at 9:54 am

Actually there were two Lakeside Theatres the other is across the street from the mall owned Cobb Theatres each screen housed in four different buildings while the General Cinema version was in between Winn Dixie now demolished and the JCPenney parking garage Cinemas 1-3 which was built first while other two screens 4&5 building came later around 1970’s in 1986 my brother , mother , and I saw Howard the duck in the first building a couple of weeks later in the other building we saw the animated Transformers the Movie .serval other movies afterwards and I myself used to go there on Mondays when I worked a split shift at Red Lobster from 1998-2000 a saw multiple movies there two theatres closed the one by the mall along with the Winn Dixie were demolished to add more space for the mall the other theatre and the car dealership next door was also demolished to make way for Whole Foods Market then the AMC Palace Theatre 12 screen stadium seating theatre on top of the food court in 2002.

SwelteringChill
SwelteringChill on May 2, 2018 at 8:10 pm

There seems to be some confusion here regarding the difference between Lakeside Theatre and Lakeside Cinema… The pics above are from Lakeside Theatre, which as others have mentioned, was located on Vets near where Whole Foods is now.. I saw more movies than i can count there, but among the ones that stand out are ET, Poltergeist, Terms of Endearment, Some Kind of Wonderful and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (which i sat through twice in a row).. Lakeside Cinema was located at the mall, and I can remember seeing Airplane there, as well as The Rescuers, Modern Problems, Star Wars and the first movie i can ever remember seeing in a theater — Grease. Haven’t been to a movie in years,and not even sure where one would go to see one these days, besides maybe Canal Place downtown.

jaybee7414
jaybee7414 on August 17, 2020 at 10:54 pm

When did Lakeside Theater open? I know Lakeside Cinema right at the mall opened in August 1967 (the same day Oakwood Cinema in Gretna opened).

rivest266
rivest266 on March 4, 2022 at 3:07 am

The Lakeside theatre opened on August 5th, 1965. the Cinema 3 & 4 for this location opened on April 15th, 1976. Ad posted.

mwsc042
mwsc042 on March 9, 2022 at 12:51 am

The pics above are correct of Cinemas 1 and 2 - I remember seeing the original Star Wars many times at this very place (at #1 of course). Lakeside Theatres 1-4 were four self-standing structures across Veterans Blvd. #1 was the big one, #2 and #3 were originally one but got divided into 2 separate smaller cinemas sometime in the late 70’s I think - #4 was the “Church”, with its high steeple-like roof. I always preferred the atmosphere of the Theatres to the Cinemas, honestly.

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