May 16, 2010

The Maltese Falcon On-Screen in New Orleans

The Prytania Theatre will once again host a classic movie series this summer, with The Maltese Falcon (Warner Bros., 1941) showing at noon on May 15, 16, and 19, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday. The series will be hosted by the cinema's owner, Rene Brunet, acknowledged as an expert on film, as well as a New Orleans theater historian – and instantly recognizable in his "movie necktie".

The Prytania is located at 5339 Prytania Street, in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, please call (504) 891-2787.

Ticket prices are $5.50 for all ages before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., prices are as follows – $8.50 for adults; $7.50 for college students; and $6.50 for children under 12 and seniors over 62.

In late 1944, Peter Lorre went on a “house act” tour of the east coast. For two months, he appeared on the stages of the largest downtown movie theaters and performed a dramatic spot titled “The Man With the Head of Glass”, written specially for him by Frank Wilson. During the week of Oct. 12, the St. Charles in New Orleans was his penultimate stop.

In the lobby of the Prytania are photos of many New Orleans movie theaters. The St. Charles may be among them. And if not, perhaps Mr. Brunet has a story or two to tell about that cinema. . . .

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