Back in the day when Hollywood studios made “pictures,” they also owned their own theatres to show them. This was the case of the historic Joy Theatre, which was opened in 1947 by Universal Studios in New Orleans, but the venue had fallen into a sad state of disrepair after Hurricane Katrina. “We came into something that was falling down, but it was iconic,” says architect Kenneth Gowland of Metrostudio, who spearheaded the renovation. “ People in NOLA really related to it; everyone had a ...

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