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10 WAYS TO GET MERRY AND BRIGHT IN THE NORTHLAND
Ready or not, the holiday season is coming for you — right down Superior Street, in fact. Regardless (probably) of rain-snow-sleet-or-hail, the local marching bands will play, batons will be tossed and floats will all float on during the annual Christmas City of the North Parade, which starts at 6:20 p.m. Friday in downtown Duluth. As long as we’re already whistling the city’s holiday anthem “Christmas City,” made popular by Merv Griffin, here are 10 arty and entertaining ways to lean into this holiday season.

‘RUMOURS’ AT THE NORSHOR
Ah, the sweet sound of “Rumours” — sans the band. Classic Albums Live is bringing Fleetwood Mac’s popular album to the NorShor Theatre at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. It’s billed as being “note for note, cut for cut” as performed by a load of musicians described as the world’s greatest. more…
October 24, 2018 – Duluth News Tribune

NEW YEAR’S BY THE LAKE EVENT TAKING PLACE IN GREYSOLON
The Bluebird Foundation, an organization that raises money for local youth in the arts, hosted a gathering in the Moorish Room at the Greysolon Plaza Wednesday to announce a major event, the New Year’s by the Lake Extravaganza. more…
September 27, 2018 – WDIO Eyewitness News

ANNUAL PROPERTIES TOUR HIGHLIGHTS DULUTH’S HISTORIC BUILDINGS
An estimated 600 people spread out throughout Duluth as part of the 38th Annual Historic Properties Tour. A behind–the–scenes look at the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth was a highlight. more…
September 17, 2018 – FOX 21 Local News

MURDER MYSTERIES AND ART DECO TREASURES
It wasn’t the shimmer of countless stars reflecting from Lake Superior. This was a different kind of aura. The city of Duluth was aglow with the glitter of Hollywood stars, a spectacular movie premiere, and Vanity Fair-type after parties. Oscar winner Patty Duke, The Walton’s Richard Thomas, actress Rosemary Murphy, and other luminaries were in town to attend the Midwestern premiere of Universal Studio’s thriller “You’ll Like My Mother” in early November 1972.  And despite being paralyzed from a stroke, under around-the-clock care, heiress Elisabeth Congdon wasn’t going to miss it either. A driver and nurse delivered her into the cacophony of socialites converging on the art deco NorShor Theatre. Her regal visage and stately coiffed curls may have obscured her deep-seated philanthropy for Minnesota arts and children’s health causes. more…
August 14, 2018 – Minnesota Connected

TOP PROJECTS OF 2017: NORSHOR THEATRE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
Early this February, the curtain went down — or up, depending on your perspective — on one of Duluth’s most complex renovation projects ever. The first performance of “Mamma Mia!” on the main stage of the revitalized NorShor Theatre Community Arts Center capped nearly a decade of work to transform the former strip club into a focal point for Duluth’s Historic Arts & Theater District. more…
July 27, 2018 – Finance & Commerce

ART WANTED FOR NORSHOR CORRIDOR
A Duluth board is seeking to commission a piece of art for a prime spot downtown. The art piece is to be installed in the skywalk corridor of the recently restored NorShor Theatre, the Duluth Public Arts Commission announced on Monday. more…
July 24, 2018 – Duluth News Tribune

A RESTORED NORSHOR THEATER BECKONS FROM DOWNTOWN DULUTH TO VISITORS
If the walls of the NorShor theater could talk, they wouldn’t know where to begin. In the past 100 years, the old building on Superior Street in downtown Duluth has served many purposes: a live theater, a movie theater, a strip club. But for almost a decade it sat dormant, the marquee announcing one show: “Restore the NorShor.” more…
July 7, 2018 – Twin Cities Pioneer Press

ART HOUNDS: A MUSICAL INSPIRED BY VONNEGUT
Playwright, director and theater critic Janet Preus is consistently impressed by Duluth’s Lyric Opera of the North (or LOON). She’s looking forward to a lush production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” directed by Twin Cities talent Christina Baldwin. more…
June 21, 2018 – Art Hounds: MPR News

OPERA’S ‘DON GIOVANNI’ TAKES A PAGE FROM OLD HOLLYWOOD
Lyric Opera of the North’s upcoming take on Mozart includes silent film-style title cards, a bit of lederhosen, and an anti-hero with the sort of character flaws known to infect mega film stars. Consider this: “Don Giovanni” meets 1930s Hollywood. more…
June 21, 2018 – Duluth News Tribune

KARA COMES HOME! GOUCHER GEARING UP FOR GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
Kara Goucher grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and was a prep running standout at Duluth East and won state championships. After heading to college at the University of Colorado, she won national championships. After college, she’s competed in the Summer Olympics twice. So, when Goucher returns home, it is a big deal. more…
June 13, 2018 – WDIO News

REVIEW: OUTLAW COUNTRY POET STEVE EARLE REPLAYS CLASSIC ALBUM
Outlaw country poet and political pundit Steve Earle received a standing ovation just 10 songs into his sold-out performance at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth on Thursday night. And those 10 songs were the reason many had come to see the show. more…
June 8, 2018 – Duluth News Tribune

READER’S VIEW: DULUTH’S SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS NEEDS SAVING
Over the past month or so many articles in the News Tribune have shared subtle yet common themes: remembrance, renewal, and reconciliation. more…
June 8, 2018 – Duluth News Tribune

ART HOUNDS: KIDS, POWER TOOLS AND FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK
This week, on Art Hounds: Kids and power tools come together at Franconia Sculpture Park. Plus: Art Hounds recommend Our Town in Duluth and a miniature art exhibition on display in a porch window. more…
May 30, 2018 – MPR News: Art Hounds

REVIEW: OUR TOWN A TREASURE TROVE OF AMERICAN MOMENTS
The Playhouse last staged Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in 2010. Thursday night, a new production of the classic American play opened at the NorShor Theatre, and I think American society must have advanced at least a quarter-century in those eight years. more…
May 18, 2018 – Finance & Commerce

FINANCE & COMMERCE ANNOUNCES TOP PROJECTS OF 2017
Minnesota was bustling with construction activity in 2017, with significant projects completed from Duluth to Rochester and across the Twin Cities metro area. An independent panel selected 33 honorees for Finance & Commerce’s annual Top Projects. more…
May 25, 2018 – Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH PRESERVATION EFFORTS RECOGNIZED
The NorShor Theatre, brought back from the brink of death, is one of 13 Duluth Preservation Alliance honorees this year. The Alliance will honor 11 homes and two businesses Monday that have been preserved or restored in a historically accurate way at its annual Preservation Awards and Centennial Home recognition event. more…
May 12, 2018 – Duluth News Tribune

PHOTO TOUR: NORSHOR THEATRE, DULUTH’S FRESHLY INNOVATED DOWNTOWN LANDMARK
After 18 years and $31 million, plans to revive downtown Duluth’s NorShor Theatre were fully realized when the venue was reintroduced in February. The 118-year-old art deco structure had fallen into severe disrepair, but, as you’ll see on this photo tour, its past luster has been restored. more…
May 8, 2018 – City Pages

REVIEW: STARFIRE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF HOMEGROWN MEMORIES
In the year 2073, the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival has taken over the universe with thousands of bands playing every night almost year round. And the Homegrown Chicken will be a candidate for the Minnesota state bird. Dressed in bathrobes and using walkers, Homegrown founder Scott “Starfire” Lunt and early conspirators Bryan “Lefty” Johnson and Rick Boo took to the NorShor Theatre stage Saturday night acting out a loosely drawn flash-forward skit. The three “old men” poked fun at the annual music festival’s amazing run which all started during Lunt’s 30th birthday party in 1998.  more…
May 6, 2018 –  Duluth News Tribune

IT’S MORE GROWN UP’: HOMEGROWN MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS 20TH YEAR OF LOCAL MUSIC
Every good festival has 20 good years in it, Scott “Starfire” Lunt thinks a younger version of himself might have thought. You make it 20 years, and it’s sold out and over. more…
April 26, 2018 –  Duluth News Tribune

SUCH MAGNIFICENT GHOSTS
Back in January, Don Ness emailed me something like, “Hey, Anna. I’m hosting a party at the NorShor Theatre on March 3 and I’d like you to tell some stories. Would you do a reading?”

Ness, as you probably know, is the former mayor of Duluth and, as you might not know, a positive master of understatement. I figured he was inviting me to perform at a little reading party. You know, 50 people or so in the NorShor’s mezzanine. And then a friend of mine messaged me a poster for a Low concert in the NorShor’s 632-seat theater. I zoomed in to see the date, to see if I could go, and saw MY NAME ON THE BOTTOM OF THE POSTER — and I, embarrassed and panic-stricken that my name had somehow gotten on the bottom of this poster, looked at the date, and was like, “And I can’t even do it then, because I’m gonna be at Don Ness’s party!” Took me like ten seconds to figure out this was the thing Don had invited me to. Lord. more…
April 14, 2018 –  Perfect Duluth Day

IN STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS, LARSON CALLES FOR DULUTH TO INNOVATE, LEAD
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson chose the newly renovated NorShor Theatre as the venue for her third State of the City address Thursday night, saying: “Just a few years ago, this grand theater had fallen into complete disrepair. more…
March 15, 2018 –  Duluth News Tribune

NORSHOR THEATRE OPENS ITS DOORS FOR FIRST CONCERT
If you were able to score tickets to the Don Ness Shows Off the Norshor Theatre concert, you were in luck for the sold-out show. Several local bands that got their start at the Norshor are coming back to perform in the newly remodeled Theatre. more…
March 3,  2018 –  Fox 21 News

REVIVAL BRINGS CROWDS BACK TO DULUTH’S NORSHOR THEATRE
The music reverberating again inside the historic NorShor Theatre on Duluth’s Superior Street was extra sweet for many in the audience last week. It took 7 ½ years and $30 million to restore the theater, which opened in 1910 and had taken turns as a movie house, music venue and, lastly, a strip club considered a stain at the heart of the Lake Superior city’s old downtown.  more…
February 3, 2018 –  Minneapolis Star Tribune

PDD QUIZ: HISTORY OF THE NORSHOR THEATRE
In anticipation of the NorShor Theatre re-opening in February, this month’s PDD Quiz looks back at the colorful history of this Duluth landmark.  more…
January 14, 2018 –  Perfect Duluth Day

IN NEW FEATURE CURRENTS, OUTDOORISTS TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE READING, FOLLOWING, WATCHING
This is a new feature on outdoors people and their interests. Today: Richard Hoeg of Duluth, a photographer, birder, blogger (365daysofbirds.com), and a volunteer naturalist at Sax-Zim Bog.  more…
January 12, 2018 –  Minneapolis Star Tribune

BE AN USHER AT THE NORSHOR THEATRE
I grew up in Duluth and one of the iconic places in the area is the Norshor Theatre, I remember walking in and thinking it was so big, and we were downtown. All the lights and everything had me captivated. You could be part of history, volunteer to be an Usher at the NorShor Theatre. more…
January 10, 2018 –  KOOL 101.7

A VIEW ON TOURISM: TOURISM HAS TO HAVE FASTER START IN 2018
As the calendar flips to 2018, Visit Duluth is rolling out a high-profile Twin Cities campaign touting Duluth as the ultra winter outdoor destination. An entire train on the light-rail Blue Line will be wrapped with dynamic exterior images of Spirit Mountain and ice climbing at Quarry Park, highlighting the tagline, “Find it in Duluth.” Interior photos will feature Duluth in all its winter glory, including craft brews, the Aerial Lift Bridge and snow-covered trails. more…
December 31, 2017 – Duluth News Tribune

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR’S VIEW: ‘SOLIDLY OPTIMISTIC’ ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR DULUTH
“I am solidly optimistic about Duluth’s economic growth in 2018. The trend data pertaining to our regional GDP and industry sectors, combined with input gleaned from the city’s business leaders and real estate developers, are informative indicators. And these indicators lean toward optimism.” more…
December 28, 2017 – Duluth News Tribune

INNOVATIVE DULUTH
There’s a slogan Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood uses to brand its revitalized commercial district: “Crafting Something Great.” And in a sense, it’s a phrase that could describe ambitious efforts happening throughout the city. Located just west of downtown, Lincoln Park was a solid working-class neighborhood during Duluth’s industrial heyday, but as heavy industry began to disappear in the 1970s, the neighborhood fell into economic decline. more…
December 20, 2017 – Twin Cities Business

NORSHOR THEATER RENOVATIONS COMING ALONG
It’s been 18 months since the major renovations began at the historic Norshor Theatre in downtown Duluth. About 50 people got an update and went on a tour to see how the project is coming along. The restored venue underwent a top to bottom makeover. more…
December 7, 2017 – FOX 21 News

NORSHOR THEATER RESTORATION NEARS COMPLETION
After months of anticipation, the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth is getting close to being fully restored. The restoration project started in June and officials with the theatre say they’re within their 30.5 million dollar budget. more…
November 6, 2017 – Kat Country 989

NORSHOR THEATRE DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING
The pressure is on and the excitement is bursting from the supporters, backers, and arts community ready for the Norshor Theatre’s comeback. Developer and big financial backer George Sherman was at today’s press event among city leaders and the Duluth Playhouse. The transformation and restoration of the historic Norshor Theatre on E Superior St. is looking the clearest it’s looked in well over a decade. more…
November 2, 2017 – FOX 21 Local News

NORSHOR THEATRE HOSTS TOUR, UNVEILS NEW CAMPAIGN
Members of the public were invited Wednesday to get a sneak peek tour of what the NorShor Theatre that is currently under construction is going to look like when it’s finished.  more…
November 2, 2017 – WDIO Eyewitness News

NORSHOR THEATER RESTORATION NEARS COMPLETION
You can show your support for efforts to renovate Duluth’s iconic NorShor Theatre as part of the “Take a Seat” campaign launched by the Duluth Playhouse Wednesday. Contribute $1,000, and have a metal plate engraved to your specifications attached to a seat of your choice inside the theater. In all, 630 seats are available and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to supporters. more…
November 2, 2017 – KDAL 610 News

‘TAKE A SEAT’ AT THE NORSHOR THEATRE
You can show your support for efforts to renovate Duluth’s iconic NorShor Theatre as part of the “Take a Seat” campaign launched by the Duluth Playhouse Wednesday. Contribute $1,000, and have a metal plate engraved to your specifications attached to a seat of your choice inside the theater. In all, 630 seats are available and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to supporters. more…
November 1, 2017 – Duluth News Tribune

LOCAL GHOST STORIES RANGE FROM HAUNTED SHIPS TO A GHOST DONKEY
Back when JP Rennquist was the general manager at the NorShor Theatre in 2004-05, closing time meant checking the nooks and crannies for stragglers bent on ghost-hunting through the night.”We’d have to do a sweep,” he said. “They’d heard stories and wanted to spend the night at the NorShor.” more…
October 30, 2017 – Duluth News Tribune

NORSHOR NEARS FINISH LINE: FINAL PUSH TO RESTORE HISTORIC THEATER BY DECEMBER DEADLINE
After years of planning and 16 months of construction, the renovation of Duluth’s historic NorShor Theatre is finally nearing completion. It has been a challenging project by all accounts. “There was an extraordinary amount of reconstruction work that was unforeseen, and we definitely hit Duluth rock, so we had to manage that,” said Rich Kiemen, senior vice president of construction for Sherman Associates, which redeveloped the building and now owns it. more…
October 29, 2017 – Duluth News Tribune

BE A PART OF THE NEW LIFE. NEW LEGACY. SEASON
Become a part of the Playhouse family and the NorShor Theatre’s new life and new legacy by becoming a FULL SEASON or FLEX PASS SUBSCRIBER in 2017-2018! more…
September 6, 2017 – NorShor Theatre blog

DULUTH PREPARES TO EXPAND SKYWALK
A key new link now under consideration could unify and expand Duluth’s skywalk system. A resolution headed to the Duluth Economic Development Authority Wednesday would authorize the conceptual design of a new segment of skywalk stretching eastward from the Technology Village building, through the 100 block of East Superior Street — including Fond Du-Luth Casino — and then across Second Avenue East to the Temple Opera building and the adjoining NorShor Theatre. more…
August 23, 2017 – Duluth News Tribune

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

MN SNAPSHOT: SHERMAN BEGINS DULUTH THEATER REHAB
Sherman Associates started work this month on the renovation of the landmark NorShor Theatre.more…
June 30, 2016 – Finance & Commerce

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

NorShor Theatre Shines for the Night
Downtown Duluth was a little brighter Tuesday evening as the NorShor Theatre marquee lit up for the first time in years. more…
October 29, 2013 – WDIO

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

 

 
 
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