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PART 1: DOWNTOWN DULUTH — WHAT’S NEXT?
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. more…
June 8, 2017 – Fox 21 News
CONSPIRACY THEORIES BEHIND MYSTERY MURAL FOUND AT NORSHOR THEATRE
The Historic NorShor Theatre in Downtown Duluth is currently being restored and is almost complete. However, there was a mystery mural hidden at the theatre and the community is wondering what the meaning of the painting really is. Here’s my take. more…
June 2, 2017 – Mix 108
PUBLIC’S HELP SOUGHT TO IDENTIFY HIDDEN MURAL DISCOVERED DURING NORSHOR THEATRE CONSTRUCTION; FIRST PERFORMANCE IN NEW FACILITY JUST 245 DAYS AWAY
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. more…
June 2, 2017 – Business North
HISTORIC DULUTH THEATER REHAB OVER HALF DONE, AND UNCOVERING SECRETS
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 Feb. 1, 2018. more…
May 31, 2017 – Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News
UPDATE ON NOSHOR THEATRE AND THE MYSTERY MURAL
The NorShor Theatre is undergoing a magnificent transformation. And during the construction, crews found a mural that is likely from when the original theatre opened in 1910.The work didn’t slow down one beat on Wednesday, even though the press were invited to hear an update about the construction. Standing inside the NorShor, you can tell that they are making progress. more…
May 31, 2017 – WDIO Eyewitness News
NORSHOR ON TRACK, ON BUDGET; MYSTERY MURAL DISCOVERED
After nearly a year of work, the renovation of downtown Duluth’s NorShor Theatre is about 60 percent complete, and the project remains on track to be finished by December. more…
May 31, 2017 – Duluth News Tribune
PROGRESS MN: SHERMAN ASSOCIATES
Bringing a vacant Minneapolis car dealership back to life with new, community-focused roles and renovating Duluth’s empty, historic NorShor Theatre are two examples of Sherman Associates’ commitment to improving and giving back to the communities it works in. more…
April 7, 2017 – Finance & Commerce
DULUTH COFFEE COMPANY EXPANSION UNDERWAY
Duluth Coffee Company is expanding its footprint on the 100 block of East Superior Street with plans for a major upgrade to its roasting operations and more space for events and education. more…
March 23, 2017 – Perfect Duluth Day
VIEWS ON DOWNTOWN TOURISM: NORSHOR TO SPUR HOUSING, TOURISM IN DOWNTOWN DULUTH
The long-anticipated $30.5 million renovation of the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth began in June and is expected to be completed by December 2017. The new NorShor will be an anchor in Duluth’s newly designated Historic Arts and Theater District, or HART District. more…
December 30, 2016 – Duluth News Tribune
NORSHOR FUNDRAISING BEGINS WITH A SPLASH
The community portion of fundraising to complete the NorShor Theatre kicked off Thursday evening, with 200 people attending a pool party hosted by the Duluth Playhouse at Northland Country Club. more…
August 5, 2016 – Business North
DULUTH PLAYHOUSE HOSTS POOLSIDE PARTY
The Duluth Playhouse soaked up the summer sun and brought in lots of donations, while people enjoyed the nice weather.
The Playhouse hosted a poolside party at Northland Country Club to mark the beginning of their capital campaign. The Playhouse is raising money to help restore the NorShor Theater. more…
August 4, 2016 – FOX 21 News
PUBLIC INVITED TO POOLSIDE PARTY TO KICK OFF NORSHOR FUNDRAISING
People curious about how the NorShor Theatre will look when it’s completed, or interested in attaching their name (or that of a loved one) to the theater, are invited to a casual poolside party at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 4, at Northland Country Club.
“It’s the middle of summer and the weather’s nice, so we’re inviting everyone outside on August 4 to learn more about how the NorShor Theatre will look outside and inside once it’s completed late next year,” said Christine Seitz, executive director of the Duluth Playhouse. more…
July 27, 2016 – Business North
MINNEAPOLIS DEVELOPER BEGINS LONG-DELAYED REVAMP OF DULUTH THEATER
Developer Sherman Associates has acquired Duluth’s NorShor Theatre, setting the stage for a long-delayed $30 million renovation of the vacant property. Finance & Commerce reports on the rehab plans, which officially get underway this week after Minneapolis-based Sherman bought the building from the Duluth Economic Development Authority for $2.3 million. The company plans to restore seats, expand the stage and add an orchestra pit in a project that will bring live theater back to the venue, built in 1912 as a vaudeville house. more…
July 1, 2016 – Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal
NORSHOR THEATRE RESTORATION BEGINS
The deal to restore Duluth’s historic Norshor Theatre has finally come together, and renovation work is underway.
Last week, WDSE-TV‘s Almanac North hosts Dennis Anderson and Julie Zenner discussed the project with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Duluth Playhouse Executive and Artistic Director Christine Gradl Seitz. more…
June 29, 2016 – Perfect Duluth Day
NORSHOR THEATRE HISTORY
Zenith City on Tap will offer a presentation on “The NorShor: Duluth’s Marquee Movie House” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Glensheen.
Duluth historian Tony Dierckins will present the history of the 1941 Art Deco movie house… more…
June 25, 2016 – Duluth News Tribune
AFTER LONG WAIT, NORSHOR RENOVATION BEGINS
After years of preparation, efforts to restore Duluth’s historic NorShor Theatre began in earnest this week as Sherman Associates received the keys to the building.
Initial steps will involve cleaning out the downtown building and removing potentially hazardous materials, such as asbestos and lead-based paint, said Richard Kiemen, the firm’s vice president of construction. That work commenced on Monday and the project kickoff was marked Tuesday afternoon by a parade of speakers, all extolling the NorShor’s restoration. more…
June 21, 2016 – Duluth News Tribune
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NORSHOR REHAB
“It’s finally happening,” Duluth Mayor Emily Larson exclaimed Tuesday at an event to commemorate rehabilitation work at the historic NorShor Theater.
“More and more, we are known for our renaissance, our rebirth and our growth. There’s no better story to reaffirm that than the beautiful NorShor Theater,” she said. more…
June 21, 2016 – Business North
RENOVATION WORK BEGINS AT NORSHOR THEATRE
Next to the hum of downtown traffic, a crowd gathered to mark the rebirth of the historic NorShor Theatre on Tuesday.
It’s been a long road to get to this point. After Sherman Associates bought the building in 2010, it took a great deal of work to bring the partners together. The partners include: City of Duluth, DEDA, Sherman Associates, and the Duluth Playhouse. more…
June 21, 2016 – WDIO.com
AN OLD DULUTH THEATER IS FINALLY GETTING A $30M MAKEOVER
It’s been a long time coming, but next week marks the start of the highly-anticipated restoration of Duluth’s NorShor Theatre. The Duluth City Council announced Friday that the $30.5 million project restoring the 100-plus year old arts venue will get underway.
The art-deco venue – which over its illustrious history has showcased artists including Charlie Chaplin and Duluth’s own “Trampled By Turtles” – will be revamped to “improve visitor experiences, accessibility, expand programs and sustain the theatre into its next century.” more…
June 17, 2016 – bringmethenews.com
NORSHOR THEATRE & TEMPLE OPERA BLOCK
Duluth’s adjoining antiques, the NorShor/Orpheum Theatre and Temple Opera Block stand at intersections more important than Second Avenue West and Superior Street. They stand between the memorial for those who were killed in the infamous 1920 Duluth lynching and the old City Hall and Police Station. They stand between the Union Gospel Mission and the most expensive cocktail bars north of Minneapolis.
Where lumberjacks, attorneys, shipbuilders, and police used to rub shoulders with their masonic overseers, now the hipsters and homeless cross paths near the arsoned Pastoret Terrace and 1920 lynching memorial. True Duluthians know that this is the real center of the city—Canal Park be damned. more…
April 25, 2016 – Substreet: history under ground
Local View: Duluth in for a treat with restored NorShor
Like many Duluthians, I have had reservations about the NorShor deal: the cost, the complexity, the time delays, the changes in design and facility layout, and more.
My concerns were well-founded. I was chairman of the Duluth Playhouse board when the project first was conceived as a shared undertaking between the city of Duluth, Sherman Associates and the Duluth Playhouse. more…
April 17, 2016 – Duluth News Tribune
Council approves NorShor project; vacation rental debate continues
The Duluth City Council tackled what was likely its most weighty agenda of the year Monday, approving a complicated $30.5 million deal to renovate the NorShor Theatre and continuing its efforts to shape a new ordinance to govern vacation rental properties.
By an 8-1 vote, with 5th District City Councilor Jay Fosle dissenting, the council voted to approve a plan to restore the historic NorShor Theatre. more…
April 12, 2016 – Duluth News Tribune
Council Approves NorShor Restoration
A few Duluth city councilors said the NorShor building restoration project has been long and complicated, but one that has finally come to a conclusion.
In an eight to one vote, the council decided to approve the 30.5 million dollar NorShor Theater restoration. more…
April 11, 2016 – FOX21 KQDS
NorShor Restoration Moves Forward with City Council Approval
The $30 million restoration project of the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth is moving forward after the City Council approved the plan Monday night.
The council voted 8-1 on the comprehensive package of agreements, which paves the way for construction to get underway soon. more…
April 11, 2016 – WDIO
Historic Duluth theater on the brink of renovation
The historic NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth is one City Council approval away from beginning restoration — a project that will mean a long-awaited fix for an eyesore in a revitalized part of town.
The Duluth Economic Development Authority voted unanimously last week to approve a development agreement to refurbish the 1910 theater on Superior Street. Now the Duluth City Council is expected take up the issue Monday night, although some council members have talked about tabling it for a week for further study. more…
April 9, 2016 – Minneapolis Star Tribune
NorShor project moves to DEDA
After seven years of preparation, a plan to refurbish the NorShor Theater and Temple Opera Block is scheduled for consideration today by the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA).
At a 5:15 meeting in Room 303 at Duluth City Hall, DEDA commissioners will consider a long list of agreements related to the complicated project. In short, all are related to restoring the structures, enabling the NorShor to become a venue for the performing arts and the Temple Opera Building to provide office and other space for the Duluth Playhouse. more…
April 6, 2016 – Business North
Despite delays, NorShor Theatre deal nears
After numerous delays, a development agreement for the NorShor Theatre restoration project appears to be close at hand.
At a recent meeting, 4th District Duluth City Councilor Howie Hanson said that he continues to receive a lot of questions from constituents and asked city administration for an update on the project. more…
March 25, 2016 – Duluth News Tribune
NorShor Theatre plan remains work in progress
Initial plans had called for the Duluth Economic Development Authority to consider approval of a development agreement for the long-awaited NorShor Theatre restoration this week, but details of the complicated, multifaceted $29.6 million project apparently will require more time to iron out.
David Montgomery, Duluth’s chief administrative officer, says he now expects to bring the agreement forward in October, requesting that it be approved by both DEDA and then the Duluth City Council. But he remains confident the deal remains on track to close in mid-November. more…
September 20, 2015 – Duluth News Tribune
Duluth ready to raise curtain on restoration of historic NorShor Theatre
If the anticipation of the NorShor Theatre’s reopening had included a drumroll, there’d be some mighty tired wrists by now. But backers of the project to revive the historic theater in downtown Duluth say that after five years of lining up funding, all the pieces of the $29.6 million financial puzzle are finally in place, Northland’s NewsCenter reports. more…
September 2, 2015 – Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews
City: Final NorShor Funding is in place
Duluth city officials said Monday that the last piece of funding is in place for the long-awaited restoration of downtown’s NorShor Theatre to start by the end of the year. more…
August 31, 2015 – Duluth News Tribune
City: Construction Bids Are Out For NorShor Theatre
The city of Duluth is just days away from a big presentation on the NorShor Theatre’s progress. Chief Administrative Officer David Montgomery told FOX 21 Thursday that councilors will see their final project presentation at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting before all the deals are signed in September to move forward with construction. more…
August 28, 2015 – Fox 21 news
NorShor Skywalk Approved, Most Project Money Secured
It may not look like it from the outside, but a lot of work is being done to restore Duluth’s NorShor Theatre. more…
September 24, 2014 – WDIO TV
Our View: NorShor numbers seem to be working
Time and again the city takes grief for buying it, usually when public tax money is falling short for other things like plugging potholes. more…
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August 14, 2013 – Duluth News Tribune
Historic theaters prepare for their next act
Redevelopers see these grand old buildings as economic engines for neighborhoods.
For more than a century, palatial theaters throughout the Twin Cities beckoned moviegoers with the whiff of buttered popcorn, velvet recline and blessed escape. more…
July 19, 2014 – StarTribune
Our View: There’s no stopping the NorShor now
Don’t doubt the power of the $6.95 million the city of Duluth landed in the state bonding bill this legislative session for the renovation of the historic NorShor Theatre. more...
June 8, 2014 – Duluth News Tribune
State bond to fund Spirit Mountain and NorShor projects
Gov. Mark Dayton lent his support to about $1 billion in proposed bond financing today, including two of three projects under consideration in Duluth. more...
January 15, 2014 – Duluth News Tribune
Dayton Proposes $75M Funding for Northland Projects
Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing more than $75 million for projects in the Northland as part of his bonding package. more…
January 15, 2014 – WDIO
NorShor Theatre: Coming (back) to Duluth in 2015
Duluth Mayor Don Ness can still remember the marquee lights of the NorShor Theater shining bright on East Superior Street in the 1990s. more…
November 20, 2013 – The Current
Duluth mayor flips switch on NorShor fundraising
Duluth Mayor Don Ness relit the marquee of the NorShor Theatre on Tuesday night and attempted to launch a local fundraising campaign to save one of the city’s most iconic venues. more…
October 30, 2013 – Duluth News Tribune
Bulbs Go Bright for the Night at NorShor Theatre
The new bulbs are finally twisted in place and the marquee can light up Superior Street as the City of Duluth and Sherman and Associate developers take the next step toward restoring the NorShor Theater. more…
October 29, 2013 – Fox 21
NorShor Theatre Marquee shines bright once again
It has been three years since the NorShor Theater marquee in Duluth was lit up for its 100 year anniversary. more…
October 29, 2013 – Northland’s News Center
Local View: Why restore the NorShor?
The NorShor Theatre is not only at the center of our city; for many of us, it is the heart of our community. As with any centenarian, it has led a complex life, some of it prosperous and parts of it tumultuous. But by all accounts, it has been a legendary journey. more…
April 14, 2013 – Duluth News Tribune
Developer: NorShor Theatre’s tower marquee will rise again
The six-story tower that once fronted Duluth’s NorShor Theatre is coming back.
It will be rebuilt as part of the restoration of the 1910s-era theater planned by George Sherman and his company, Sherman Associates.more…
March 13, 2013 – Duluth News Tribune
Duluth LISC contributes more than $2 million for community projects in 2012
More than $2 million was invested in neighborhood programs and projects by Duluth LISC last year, the nonprofit announced last week. more…
February, 25, 2013 – Duluth Budgeteer News – Budgeteer