Update on status of New Orleans theaters

posted by CSWalczak on July 21, 2009 at 4:45 am

NEW ORLEANS, LA — This article, from WWL-TV in New Orleans, discusses the current status of four former movie palaces in the Big Easy. The Saenger’s restoration is apparently on track, but the State-Palace and Joy remain closed and for sale, and the Orpheum restoration appears to have been postponed and the building has further deteriorated.

The $40 million renovation to bring the Saenger back from its current Hurricane Katrina-damaged condition is still in its very early stages.

“We are working with architects now and expect the Saenger, if all goes well, open in September 2011,” said David Skinner, General Manager for the private company that manages both the Saenger and Mahalia Jackson theaters.

Read more at WWL.

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