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Saenger Theater opens its doors after $52 million renovation

She’s been shuttered for eight years. Katrina poured in neck-deep water at the front end of her stage, but a painstaking renovation has brought the Saenger back to life.

“The amazing stenciling decorative work, no one has seen it since the 20s,” said David Anderson, CEO of ACE Theatrical Group. “It was dirty and grimy. You just couldn’t see it.”

The carpet was recreated from a small swatch of the original 1927 carpet that a New Orleans theater buff had saved over the years.

The chandeliers were found covered in dust in a French Quarter antique shop.

“They had nine of the original 13 chandeliers for sale,” Anderson told WGNO News . “The shop owner gave us a huge discount.”

The architectural detail is magnificent. And the backstage area is bigger than ever, able to handle the largest touring stage productions on the road today.

And by the way … the stars set into the ceiling are back and glittering.

The first performance is set for Friday night. Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at 7 p.m.