8 years after Katrina, historic Saenger Theatre reopens
NEW ORLEANS- Eight years after Hurricane Katrina and a $52 million restoration, the historic Saenger Theatre is again open for business.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, elected officials and investors who partnered to bring the restoration to fruition stood on the newly renovated stage Friday to celebrate the formal reopening of the theater, which was built in 1927 as a movie palace but also has hosted stage productions.
The Saenger was heavily damaged by Katrina in August 2005.
Landrieu says the theater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the city's best symbol of resurrection and resilience.
The reopening is set to kick off Friday night with a performance by comedian Jerry Seinfeld.