After years of trying to restore the NorShor, the last of funding is in place and restoration will start by the end of the year.

The cost of the project is estimated at $29.6 million and will take about twenty months to complete. According to David Montgomery, the city's chief administrative officer, no property tax money will be spent on the project which is music to my ears.

The building was opened in 1910 under the name Orpheum Vaudeville House. After renovations it reopened in 1941 as a movie theater under the current name NorShor. NorShor ran as a theater until 1982 and was than used as a venue for live events. Also the place where I first saw Papa Roach perform and they were fantastic.

Plans call for the project to include a renovated 750 seat theater, a new stage, a connection to the skywalk system, an ADA-accessible elevator and new utilities. You can read the full article from the Duluth News Tribune here and also see where all the funding came from. Let me know in the comments what you think about the renovations for the NorShor.

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