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Vitascope Hall

In 1896, the Vitascope Hall opened in downtown New Orleans and quickly became a beloved spot for locals looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Boasting one of the city’s first movie theaters, this innovative venue was a favorite amongst residents and visitors alike - marking its place as an important part of New Orleans’ history.

At first glance, Vitascope Hall looks like nothing more than a large building with plain white walls - but inside lies a treasure trove of stories waiting to be discovered. The theater features two floors – with both balconies and galleries offering guests a unique way to experience the movies. In addition, it houses a collection of original posters from notable films including “The Great Train Robbery” (1903) and “Birth of a Nation” (1915).

Today, the hall is home to the Louisiana Historical Society which hosts regular programs on local history including screenings, lectures and other events throughout the year - truly making it an educational destination for all ages!

Vitascope Hall is known across the country for both its cultural significance in New Orleans' history as well as its importance in film history. A visit here is sure to transport you back in time - allowing you to savor a piece of cinema's past while experiencing all that modern day New Orleans has to offer!

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