New Orleans, La. – The Saenger has been closed since flooding after Hurricane Katrina. But about 200 people got a glimpse of renovations to the ornate Italian motif that officials hope will be back on display in two years. Among those looking up at the expansive ceiling was Rene Brunet, owner of the Prytania Theatre. He recalled being at the Saenger opening in 1927.
David Skinner is general manager of the restored Mahalia Jackson Theatre in Armstrong Park, and is now in charge of the Saenger renovation.
Over the years the curtain came up for performances varying from "Oklahoma" to Cheap Trick. Skinner says the renovated Saenger will have even better facilities to accommodate major live performances.
After a look inside, the crowd gathered on Canal Street as Mayor Ray Nagin flipped the switch on the marquis.