A fire Friday night at the abandoned Grand Theater in New Orleans East caused part of the roof to collapse, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
The fire began about 9 p.m. and was contained with no injuries reported, WWL-TV said.
Fire officials at the scene said neighbors reported that people had been staying in the theater, which has been abandoned and deteriorating since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but there was no power going to the building, once one of the iconic symbols of New Orleans East.
Photos from the scene showed dozens of firefighters working to contain the fire at the old cinema complex, part of the former Lake Forest Plaza shopping center near Read Boulevard and Interstate 10.
An artist in 2015 was painting a "Keep the Peace" mural on the side of the building, which is also covered in graffiti.
The site is listed as a Lake Forest Plaza LLC property, with Ashton Ryan Jr. listed as its manager. Ryan founded and was the president of First NBC Bank, which was seized by regulators in 2017. Three people have been charged in federal court following the bank's failure. Ryan is not among them but is expected to face charges.
Fires at neglected, blighted buildings in New Orleans have been a relatively common occurrence since Katrina.