1111 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA, 70112
Seats: 2,736 (originally 3,400)
Architect: Emile Weil
This live and film venue was built by Julian Saenger as the flagship of several theatres he owned in the south. After the obligatory period of decline and multiplexing, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and renovated with a reopening in 1980. The theatre was severely damaged in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina and was in the middle of a $38 million renovation when I visited in 2013.
Television induces a trance state in the viewer that is the necessary precondition for brainwashing. As with all other drugs and technologies, television's basic character cannot be changed; television is no more reformable than is the technology that produces automatic assault rifles. (Terrence McKenna)