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Best Theaters in New Orleans

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Saenger Theatre

Built in 1927 by Julian Saenger, Saenger Theatre has weathered through years in the Crescent City until Hurricane Katrina hit. Sustaining major damage, the theater went through a renovation in 2011. Reopening its doors in 2013, the theater has revitalized Canal Street and welcomed artists and Broadway shows like John Legend and Mama Mia. The interiors mimic a 15th-century Italian courtyard with columns, decorative moldings, and twinkling starlit ceiling.

New Orleans, LA, United States
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Le Petit Theatre

Built in 1789, Petit Theatre underwent major reconstruction work in 1960. Since 1916, it has been home to a community theater group that produces many plays each season, including several children's plays. It receives annual national attention as the home of the Tennessee Williams Festival. Admission by ticket during theater season, which runs from September-June.

New Orleans, LA, United States
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Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

This modern art exhibit center, located in a renovated warehouse, is the heart of the New Orleans' art community. The Contemporary Arts Center offers a series of seasonally rotating exhibitions, classes, lectures, performances, screenings, and concerts every year. The exhibits waver between traditional and alternative art forms with works from both local and national artists. The center also serves gourmet coffees and specialty wines as well as a variety of pastries and sandwiches.

New Orleans, LA, United States
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Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

There's something for all art lovers at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Whether you enjoy the high notes of an opera singer or the grace of a ballet dancer, this theater has something to offer you. The best of Broadway, as well as, several musicals are also presented here. So step into Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts to enjoy the best of art.

New Orleans, LA, United States
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The Historic Carver Theate

The Historic Carver Theater is a landmark on the NoLa cultural scene. It is named after renowned scientist George Washington Carver and features on the National Register of Historic Places. With state-of-the-art facilities and varying capacities, this versatile 16,000 square-foot (1486 square-meter) venue is ideal for hosting private and public events. From live music concerts, stage productions, musicals and dance recitals, to corporate and social functions, guests are guaranteed hospitality and entertainment.

New Orleans, LA, United States
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Ashe Cultural Arts Center

Ashe Cultural Arts Center works towards the dissemination of arts in the community through art presentation, production, encouraging artists and so on. This center is a creation of a non-profit organization that caters to doing social work. Events here include art exhibitions, music and dance shows and performances by the Southern Repertory Theatre. The center provides creative space and freedom for emerging artists and helps them in art productions and collaborations. Post Hurricane Katrina, the center has worked even more for the welfare of the community.

New Orleans, LA, United States
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Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Located in Metairie, the Jefferson Performing Arts Center is home to the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. The theater was built in order to host all kinds of performing arts, from plays to opera, ballet, symphonies and more. The center also often hosts great children's programming, like plays and musicals.

Metairie, LA, United States
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Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

If you're looking for a high energy Broadway musical in the New Orleans area, then you will definitely want to check out Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Some big name shows that have graced the stage here include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Producers and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Rivertown also host many child and family-friendly shows, from The Wizard of Oz to Peter Pan and many more.

Kenner, LA, United States
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