THE ICON: Teddy Solomon
THE LEGACY: If New Orleans loves one thing, it’s a good show, and for more than 50 years, the man behind the curtain in the Crescent City was T.G. “Teddy” Solomon. A Mississippi native who was born into the movie theater business, he would move to New Orleans and forge a career as a movie theater magnate. Over the years, he would nimbly adapt to an ever-changing industry, from the days dominated by small-town theaters and, later, drive-ins to the era of shopping mall multiplexes and, eventually, megaplexes like the game-changing, 20-screen flagship he built in Elmwood (and which now operates as the AMC Elmwood Palace). Amid it all, Solomon would become a generous benefactor to a litany of local causes, highlighted by a $5.5 million donation to the National World War II Museum for its Solomon Victory Theater — a gift that would help cement, and underscore, his legacy as one of New Orleans’ greatest showmen.
THE ARTIST: Sean Randall
THE INSPIRATION: “Show business is in my blood.” — T.G. “Teddy” Solomon, in a 2009 interview with The Times-Picayune