Remembering René Brunet Jr.
The patriarch of New Orleans' movie theaters
This podcast first aired in June 2006. We are revisiting it to celebrate the rich and generous life of the patriarch of movie theaters in New Orleans: René Brunet, Jr. When René passed away on Aug. 17, New Orleans lost a one-of-a kind gentleman who shared his love of movies and movie theaters with generations of locals at neighborhood and downtown movie houses throughout the city. The names of these movie theatres are embedded in the fond memories of countless New Orleanians: the Imperial, Famous, Circle, Clabon, Carver, Gallo, Joy, Loew’s State, Beverly Drive-in, and the beloved Prytania Theatre, the only independently-owned, single-screen theater remaining in New Orleans. Thank you, René! We will miss you, and the movies will not be the same without you. Listen as René talks about his life in the theater business, and how he and his family brought the Prytania Theatre back after Hurricane Katrina.