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Carver Theater

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1950, Jack Corgan; 2014 addition and renovation, Perez APC. 2101 Orleans Ave.
  • (Photograph by Lake Douglas)

Built when segregation was still in effect, this Moderne movie theater served African American patrons with seating for 1,050. Dallas-based architect Corgan had established his practice in 1938 specializing in movie theaters, and this building’s brick-veneered concrete-block walls are geometrically articulated solely by repeating vertical grooves and horizontal-shaped windows. The theater’s boldest feature is the corner entrance, with its freestanding ticket booth (rebuilt), angled marquee, and illuminated vertical sign with the theater’s name on a red background. After the theater closed in 1980, the interior was converted into offices, including a medical clinic, which closed after it was flooded by six feet of water during Hurricane Katrina. The building was renovated in 2014.

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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas
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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Carver Theater", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/LA-02-OR37.

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Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 56-57.

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