State Palace Theatre Purchased By Developer

Aug 12, 2014

The shuttered State Palace Theatre, seen in 2007.
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The State Palace Theater, a piece of New Orleans history, may finally receive a long overdue facelift. Developer Gregor Fox recently announced the purchase of the Canal Street relic for $3.5 million.

The State Palace, built in 1926, was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and fully shut down in 2007. Plans to convert the theater into a museum and concert venue pre-Katrina never happened. Now, Fox says he hopes to complete a partial renovation of the 3,000-seat theater's exterior and adjoining retail space within two years.

Fox says a full restoration could cost $10 million and take a decade to complete. The theater is is one of a number of post-Katrina Canal Street restorations, including the Saenger and Joy Theatres.