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 7 p.m. 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: King Creole | Sunday, June 7 | Press play at 7 p.m.

The next title for #NolaMovieNight is 1958’s King Creole, starring Elvis Presley as a singing busboy who navigates the New Orleans underworld (populated by characters portrayed by the likes of Walter Matthau and Vic Morrow) to become the toast of Bourbon Street.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, June 7.

Find places to stream King Creole here, or cue up your DVD copy.

Then stay tuned to THNOC’s social media feeds for upcoming #NolaMovieNight titles and show times. Join us to explore the film role Elvis considered his favorite!