Orpheum renovation preserves, reveals past

Posted on: September 10 2014
By: Robin Shannon, Reporter

Six months into a nearly yearlong renovation that will restore the Orpheum Theater as a live performance venue, members of the design team that orchestrated the work say the project has been mostly smooth sailing.

The 96-year-old Beaux Arts-style theater, which has hosted vaudeville acts, silent films, talkies and most recently the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, is undergoing a renovation that will wash away nearly a decade of neglect. Owners Roland von Kurnatowski and Dr. Eric George, who bought the property in May for $2 million, are leading the $13 million project. Fountainbleau Construction, von Kurnatowski’s own contracting firm, is handling the work. First Bank and Trust financed construction, which began in February with draining excess water and demolition of the seats

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