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: A Streetcar Named Desire | Monday, August 24 | Press play at 7 p.m.

#NolaMovieNight is back in August with A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), which our audience voted as their favorite New Orleans film in the Film Favorites edition of New Orleans Bracket Bash. Watch this classic along with us as THNOC staff members provide backstory on the production of the film and the history of New Orleans.  

Find places to stream A Streetcar Named Desire here, or cue up your own copy. We will “Press Play” at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 24. Here’s what THNOC Senior Curator (and Tennessee Williams expert) Mark Cave has to say about the movie: 

The Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the Barrymore Theatre in December of 1947 was a seminal moment in American Theater; and Hollywood was quick to capitalize. Despite some unfortunate compromises to adhere to the film industry’s morality codes, Elia Kazan’s 1951 film adaptation is perhaps the best translation of Williams’ work to the screen. Kazan masterfully used the medium of film to enhance the mythic nature of the drama from Blanche emerging from an ethereal mist at the New Orleans train depot, to the clamor of Stanley’s factory as tension builds between he and Mitch, to Mitch ripping off the screen of the Chinese Lantern to expose Blanche in the garish glare of the unfiltered bulb. The film was wonderfully received and rightfully so. It won numerous Academy Awards, but the two figures perhaps most responsible for the film’s success were snubbed: Kazan had a troubled relationship with many of his Hollywood colleagues, and Brando—who was helping to revolutionize the film industry with his use of method acting—lost out to the old guard as Humphrey Bogart took home the Oscar for African Queen