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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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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Historic Duluth theater rehab over half done, and uncovering secrets June 1, 2017

The restoration of the historic NorShor Theatre in Duluth, a project intended to anchor a revitalized downtown arts district, is now over half finished. Officials announced Wednesday the $30.5 million project is 60 percent complete, and is on pace to wrap up construction by the end of the year, with a grand opening planned for …

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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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Part 1: Downtown Duluth — What’s Next? June 8, 2017
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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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The Duluth Playhouse invites you to be among the first to support the NorShor Capital Campaign.

Our Take-A-Seat Campaign offers an affordable, meaningful way to play a visible role in the restoration of this historic, dynamic theater.

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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.