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: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button | Friday, December 11 | Press play at 7 p.m.

A whimsical tale of a man who ages in reverse, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will be the feature presentation of #NolaMovieNight on Friday, December 11. Benjamin (Brad Pitt) lives an adventurous life, which is centered upon his love for childhood friend Daisy (Cate Blanchett). Shot just after Hurricane Katrina, the film features locations like the Garden District, Audubon Park, City Park, and the lakefront. Pitt, Blanchett, and Taraji P. Henson turned in memorable acting performances in a film that received 10 Oscar nods. 

Find places to stream The Curious Case of Benjamin Button here, and join us for this epic journey at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 11.