New Life.

A Restoration story

The NorShor Theatre is preparing for its new starring role. From the balcony to the box office, the landmark 1910 theater is undergoing a total restoration. After weathering its share of milestones and misfortune, a new life and new legacy are unfolding for this legendary landmark. At center stage in downtown Duluth’s Historic Arts and Theater (HART) District, the restored NorShor Theatre will bring new economic development, new productions, and new possibilities to the region. 

The beloved NorShor Theatre is regaining its rightful place as the Northland’s beacon of arts, entertainment, and world-class performances.

A project this important comes along once in a lifetime.

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We’re making a splash! July 11, 2017

We’re making a splash again this year at our annual fundraiser! WHEN: Thursday, August 3 WHERE: Northland Country Club (3901 E. Superior St.) TIME: The poolside fun starts at 6:00pm TICKETS: $50/person RSVP BY: July 31 by calling 218.733.7555 or go online at duluthplayhouse.org. Flip-Flops Welcome! We promise this is not your typical fundraiser. Not an auction …

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Part 1: Downtown Duluth — What’s Next? June 8, 2017

Major changes are beginning to unfold in downtown Duluth as investors and city leaders work to keep the area progressive. In Part 1 of a special report, FOX 21’s Dan Hanger takes a look at the changing retail industry downtown as the buyer habits of consumers continue to shift online. ——- There’s no denying downtown …

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Public’s help sought to identify hidden mural discovered during NorShor Theatre construction June 5, 2017

The many tradespeople working on downtown Duluth’s NorShor Theatre have recognized numerous signs of the past since they began restoring the 107-year-old facility in June 2016. They haven’t, however, identified a dusty, 8 x 10-foot mural they recently found that had been hidden since at least 1941. When the 1910 Orpheum was renovated to become …

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We’re making a splash! July 11, 2017

We’re making a splash again this year at our annual fundraiser! WHEN: Thursday, August 3 WHERE: Northland Country Club (3901 E. Superior St.) TIME: The poolside fun starts at 6:00pm TICKETS: $50/person RSVP BY: July 31 by calling 218.733.7555 or go online at duluthplayhouse.org. Flip-Flops Welcome! We promise this is not your typical fundraiser. Not an auction …

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Part 1: Downtown Duluth — What’s Next? June 8, 2017

Major changes are beginning to unfold in downtown Duluth as investors and city leaders work to keep the area progressive. In Part 1 of a special report, FOX 21’s Dan Hanger takes a look at the changing retail industry downtown as the buyer habits of consumers continue to shift online. ——- There’s no denying downtown …

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We’re making a splash! July 11, 2017
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We’re making a splash again this year at our annual fundraiser! WHEN: Thursday, August 3 WHERE: Northland Country Club (3901 E. Superior St.) TIME: The poolside fun starts at 6:00pm TICKETS: $50/person RSVP BY: July 31 by calling 218.733.7555 or go online at duluthplayhouse.org. Flip-Flops Welcome! We promise this is not your typical fundraiser. Not an auction …

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“Restoring the NorShor is the project of our lifetime. It is our chance to save a beloved community icon, bring new vitality to our city, provide space for our world-class performances, create new jobs, and support our local arts community.

The new NorShor will be the cornerstone of the Historic Arts and Theater District (HART) and play a central role in fulfilling Duluth’s vibrant future.” – Sandy Hoff, NorShor Theatre Capital Campaign Chair

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A Legacy.

Years in the making

For generations, the NorShor Theatre has been the heart of Duluth. The historic theatre’s early days drew wealthy patrons, community leaders, and cultural enthusiasts to witness world-class performances. The years unfolded and the landmark theatre changed with the times. A facelift in the 40s brought a new look, a new name, and new purpose. The 80s and 90s meant more youth, music, and movies. And with the new millennium, the NorShor Theatre weathered a mix of milestones and mishaps.

In 2010, the City of Duluth made a bold decision to purchase the NorShor Theatre and surrounding real estate with the intent of returning it to life as a vibrant cultural center and source of economic development. Developer Sherman Associates and The Duluth Playhouse joined forces to transform and manage the facility. Once complete, The Duluth Playhouse will oversee the NorShor Theatre and its culturally rich experiences, engaging the regional arts community and featuring world-class events worthy of this soon-to-be-restored historic venue.