Skip to main content

Duluth ready to raise curtain on restoration of historic NorShor Theatre

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

If the anticipation of the NorShor Theatre's reopening had included a drumroll, there'd be some mighty tired wrists by now.

But backers of the project to revive the historic theater in downtown Duluth say that after five years of lining up funding, all the pieces of the $29.6 million financial puzzle are finally in place, Northland's NewsCenter reports.

City Administrator David Montgomery told city council members the sum was reached through a combination of state grants, historic preservation tax credits, money from the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA), and private funds raised by the Duluth Playhouse – meaning the property taxes paid by Duluthians will be unaffected, FOX 21 says.

FOX says the final agreements will be presented to DEDA on Sep. 23 and to the city council on Sep. 28.

Montgomery said restoration of the 1926 theater can begin by the end of the year and is expected to take 20 months, the News Tribune reports.

As the project's website recounts, DEDA purchased the NorShor in 2010 to refurbish it as a cultural center for arts, dance, theater, and musical groups.

Two years later, it announced partnerships with the property development firm Sherman Associates and with the Duluth Playhouse, which plans to manage the 700-seattheater and be its primary tenant.

The NorShor's history

According to Zenith City.com, the NorShor was built as a service and office building to serve the neighboring Orpheum Theatre. But in a major renovation in 1941, the Orpheum's stage was moved next door and the Art Deco NorShor Theatre was created, Zenith City says.

In those days the NorShor was topped by a massive decorative tower (right) with the theater's name spelled out in neon lights, but Zenith City says that was removed in 1961.

The News Tribune says the NorShor continued to show first-run movies until 1982 and was sporadically used for various live events after that, including a stint as a strip joint.

Next Up

best buy

Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales

The Richfield retailer has been dealing with a shift in consumer trends.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 10.26.20 PM

Police: Man makes Jewish slur at golfer, smashes own car up with club

It happened at a course that was founded as a Jewish country club 100 years ago.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 9.59.07 PM

4 abandoned puppies found in a bucket in Willmar

The puppies were in good health when they were discovered.

Minneapolis police

Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin

There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.

Carson McCoy

Charges: Man stole handgun from house, fired at motorcyclists from car

A chaotic scene that led to a police chase unfolded after an alleged burglary in Ham Lake.

Mounds view 7 - crime scene

BCA's Uniform Crime Report shows violent crime in MN spiked in 2021

The report details violent crime trends in the seven-county metro and Greater Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 4.49.22 PM

Search for vulnerable man, 66, missing from Brooklyn Park

Alex Ramirez was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning.

St. Cloud Times

St. Cloud Times writing staff hit by Gannett budget cuts

Mass layoffs were expected at Gannett-owned outlets across the country.

PoolScammerLawsuitAG

Pool company sued by AG for allegedly scamming homeowners out of $1M-plus

According to the lawsuit, 17 Minnesota homeowners were affected by this scam.

image

Late cancellation of music festival leaves bad blood in Two Harbors

The cancellation announcement says the promoter walked away from the gig after being harassed by some local residents.

Related