New Orleans

Rebuilt After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre Reopens Its Doors

September 27 marked the completion of the $52 million renovation of New Orleans’ classic Saenger Theatre. The beloved Canal Street landmark, built in 1927, was greatly damaged in 2005 during the post-Hurricane Katrina flood. Now the curtain has been lifted on the rafters-to-basement renovation and the results are awe-inspiring. The overhaul, led by architect Gary Martinez, not only restored the structure back to its original state, it also used modern techniques to add depth to the Saenger’s rich color palette and features. Jerry Seinfeld christened the venue on September 27 with a three-night stand up engagement. Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will officially open the Saenger along with the Louisiana Philharmonic for a gala event on October 5, and The Book of Mormon will kick off the Broadway series on October 15. Browse the photo gallery below to see the new Saenger Theatre in all its renewed glory. As a bonus, click the video below for a video tour of the theater, complete with a guided history of the venue.

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