Cool off in the dark: In true New Orleans fashion, this theater is open year-round except for Mardi Gras. Locals know it as a favorite place to slow down (or to stop sweating, on summer days) and catch mainstream movies... or, more likely, the experimental, classic, foreign, or cult films that too rarely find their way to theaters in the South. You don't have to buy a ticket to enjoy the fully stocked bar, complete with a happy hour and film-themed cocktails. (A pre-2016 election screening of Idiocracy, for instance, featured Brawndo-flavored Jell-O shots.) Keep an eye out for film festivals and restaurant pop-ups at this warm, modern venue.
Curated (and cheap) global tunes: Bottom line, this is where you go to browse a huge selection of music you'd have a hard time finding anywhere else. Cash-only, it sports volumes of vinyl and cassettes across blues, jazz, punk, world, and indie, all for a reasonable price -- $50 or under, priced, as owner Matt Knowles says, so that people will go home and listen to it. He scours record shops in Jamaica and New York, seeking the best stock for this treasure-filled spot. Whether a new release, an obscure discovery, or a classic album, your next favorite record is here somewhere.