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NOLA’s Joy Theater shakes off the dust, will reopen Dec. 29

The Joy Theater, on Canal St. in New Orleans, hasn’t seen a soul pass through its doors since 2003, when competition from multiplexes and general apathy conspired to close the lovely old place. Things are a little different now. Barely six months after being bought by NOLA Theatre District LLC, the Joy will reopen as a multipurpose performing arts venue on December 29, with Irma Thomas and Lance Ellis starting things off. (FULL STORY: Wesley Hodges, New Orleans Times-Picayune)