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Saenger Theatre

Culture Thrives at Saenger Theatre

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Since 1927, the Saenger Theatre has provided the New Orleans community with a place for residents to experience the performing arts. The theater, which maintains a place on the National Register of Historic Places, recently underwent a $53 million renovation in 2013.

One of the only remaining Saenger theatres in the country, this French Quarter landmark is a treasure among locals. Originally used to show movies, the space is now a state-of-the-art performing arts center. Its 2015-16 productions include some of Broadway’s biggest productions, including The Book of Mormon, Newsies, Motown the Musical, Kinky Boots, Cabaret and Wicked.

The theater is characterized by its authentic arches, columns and elaborative crown molding inspired by 15th century Italian architecture, and a domed ceiling with LED lights that imitate the look of constellations in the night sky — all of which work together to form one of the region’s premiere venues for live entertainment. 

Photo Credit: Jefferson Performing Arts Society; Saenger Theatre, Will Crocker