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. 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 Princess and the Frog | Sunday, July 5 | Press play at 3 p.m.

#NolaMovieNight returns for our first daytime program with The Princess and the Frog, a love story set during Mardi Gras in 1926 New Orleans. The movie featured Disney’s first black princess character, along with the studio’s return to hand-drawn animation. Tiana, a hardworking waitress, who dreams of owning her own restaurant, and Prince Naveen, a royal who has lost his inheritance, have their destinies align when they’re turned into frogs and embark on a quest to become human. Travel to the Garden District, French Quarter, and the swamp, as we watch these two opposites fall in love through music, gumbo, and, of course, magic. 

Find places to stream The Princess and the Frog here, or cue up your own copy.