According to WWL-TV’s Scott Satchfield, The Joy Theater on Canal Street will reopen on Dec. 29 with a bang, starting with Irma Thomas and Lance Ellis on that date, and continuing with a string of shows. The following night, Dec. 30, Cyril Neville’s Tribe 13 and Soul Rebels Brass Band will play, and Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers will perform on New Year’s Eve.
The downtown theater’s iconic red and white marquee will brighten up a few weeks early, leading up to the theater’s grand re-opening . Closed since 2003 and inundated by flooding during Hurricane Katrina, the theater’s return to glory helps to anchor Canal Street’s upper end and will hopefully be joined by the return of the Saenger Theatre sometime next year.
The Joy Theater first opened its doors in 1947. For updates on the Joy Theater’s 2012 calendar, check out their Facebook page here.