Renovation Work Begins at NorShor Theatre

June 21, 2016 10:00 PM

Next to the hum of downtown traffic, a crowd gathered to mark the rebirth of the historic NorShor Theatre on Tuesday.

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It's been a long road to get to this point. After Sherman Associates bought the building in 2010, it took a great deal of work to bring the partners together. The partners include: City of Duluth, DEDA, Sherman Associates, and the Duluth Playhouse.

Christine Seitz, Executive Director of The Playhouse, said, "We are here to celebrate new life for the NorShor." The 100+ year old facility used to host artists such as Charlie Chaplin. Eventually, it became a strip club for a short time. But now, thanks to a $30.5 million dollar investment, it will be brought back to its former glory.

Sherman Associates leaders said that construction work actually began on Monday. Assessing environmental issues will be first, then clean-up, and demolition.

The Playhouse will now kick off a $4.5 million dollar capital campaign to pay for all of the equipment they'll need to put on performances. Those performances are expected to begin the end of 2017.

"100s of people will be attending shows down here, and eating in our restaurants and drinking our beer and shopping in our stores," Seitz added.

"We can't wait for the lights to go on and the curtains to go up," Richard Kiemen, from Sherman Associates, told the crowd.


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