Many of the buildings are the same architecture that have stood since the early origins of the city. The 18th and 19th century designs are held on to and taken care of by homeowners and entrepreneurs alike, which provides for commerce and kind regards by tourists.
The European influence in the urban layout of the French Quarter allows visitors to slightly close their eyes and imagine themselves in Spain, France or even Germany. The galleries, made up of narrow balconies and railings outside of the retail markets, spread from block to block alongside brick and stone slab sidewalks. Jackson Square lays grounds before the famous St. Louis Cathedral and pays homage to the seventh president of the United States of America -- President Andrew Jackson.
The square was designed in style of the 17th Century Place des Vosges in Paris, France. Nearby, the square is the Café Du Monde, known for their sugar coated Beignet pastry and café au lait (coffee with milk). Lining the square are soliciting horse and carriages, caricature artists and strolling tour promoters for such haunted walking excursions provided by Witches Brew Tours.
Not to forget, much of New Orleans' street culture provides a celebrated peering into a city that is alive with both music and film. Louisiana is also known for its current film incentive program which offers a 30 percent rebate on certified expenditures. Similar to Michigan's incentive program, it wouldn't be out of place to notice a location of many films like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Interview with a Vampire," "JFK" or "Point of No Return." It also wouldn't be out of place to notice film crews taking to the streets.
Besides the filmmaking industry, New Orleans also has a film experience that is exclusive to the city, as it is a part of The National World War II Museum. Tom Hanks' "Beyond All Boundaries" not only features voice over narrations from actors such as Brad Pitt and Elijah Wood but the auditorium it screens in is built with physical structures, props and vibrating seats that accentuate the viewing experience in a theatrical way.