From King Creole to A Streetcar Named Desire to The Princess and the Frog, Louisiana and its characters have played a starring role throughout cinematic history. Join The Historic New Orleans Collection for a new social-media-driven series called #NolaMovieNight—a group rewatch of a New Orleans-set (or New Orleans-shot) film. Our staff experts will be joined by guest rewatchers to provide historical context, location-spotting, behind-the-scenes tidbits, accent critiques, and lots of participatory fun. 

THNOC has long documented Louisiana's star-studded history with film both in exhibitions and through its holdings. #NolaMovieNight offers an opportunity for film lovers (and critics) to gather virtually to share thoughts and observations about various titles from the rich Louisiana filmography. 

Here’s how to participate: 

1. Follow @visit_thnoc on Twitter. (Engaging on Twitter will provide the best experience, but if you don't have a Twitter account, you can follow our updates below.)  

2. Obtain the selected movie or cue up your DVD copy. We’ll provide streaming options. 

3. Watch the @visit_thnoc Twitter feed for the signal to press “play” at the designated time (Central time zone). That’s when we all start watching together. (Spoiler alert: The signal to press “play” will be a tweet containing the words “Press play!”) 

4. Enjoy the film and prepare to learn something new with us. 

5. Follow the comments of other watchers by searching Twitter for #NolaMovieNight and tapping “latest” atop your feed.  

6. Join the conversation! Use the hashtag #NolaMovieNight to share your memories of the film with us, or fire up your best Twitter rewatch commentary.  

Next showing: Beasts of the Southern Wild | Monday, September 28 | Press play at 7 p.m.

Join us as #NolaMovieNight journeys to the fictional, deep-bayou community called the “Bathtub,” when we re-watch Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). Follow as Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her father Wink (Dwight Henry) fight for their home in the face of an impending hurricane that threatens to destroy their town. This directorial debut for Zeitlin was a fan-favorite in June’s New Orleans Bracket Bash for its use of familiar locations (Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes) and local talent. Beasts of the Southern Wild was developed in the famed Sundance Feature Film Program and garnered four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Actress (Wallis).

Find places to stream Beasts of the Southern Wild here, or cue up your own copy. We will “Press Play” at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 28. In advance of this month's #NolaMovieNight presentation, filmmaker Benh Zeitlin discusses the movie's influences, production challenges, and reception.