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: Eve’s Bayou | Sunday, February 21 | Press play at 3 p.m. 

#NolaMovieNight returns in 2021 with a Sunday matinee showing of the locally shot Eve's Bayou. IndieWire describes the 1997 film as, “a Southern gothic tale about a 10-year-old girl who, during one long, hot Louisiana summer in 1962, discovers some unpleasant realities buried beneath her family’s tenuous façade. It became a classic of 1990s-era indie cinema, a rare and powerful instance of the depiction of the African-American experience from the perspective of a young Black girl, written and directed by a Black woman…telling an emotionally-resonant, almost dreamlike coming-of-age story set against a lush Louisiana setting.” 

Eve’s Bayou is presented in partnership with the New Orleans Film Society who will join us to share behind-the-scenes tweets about the film, crew, and locations. NOFS is also providing #NOLAMovieNight participants access to a 10-minute short documentary on the enduring legacy of Eve’s Bayou, plus a special conversation between NOFS Programming Manager Zandashe Brown, the film's director Kasi Lemmons, and actor Lynn Whitfield that was held during the 2020 New Orleans Film Festival.   

Find places to stream Eve’s Bayou here, and join us for this Southern Gothic drama at 3 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, February 21.