NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The Carver Theater first opened in 1950. Today, despite millions of dollars in renovations and several changes in ownership and purpose, the theater remains in many ways the same as it has always been: a beacon of pride in the community and a place to come together and celebrate culture. Reverend Goat blessed the theater before the first screening of “Rocking the Opera House” starring Dr. John during the Grand Reopening.
“New Orleans is a place that is a nostalgic town, as New Orleanians we hold on to our traditions. We’ll never give up crawfish, Jazz Fest… and this is one of those traditions,” says Managing Director Dino Marshall. If the Carver Theater walls could sing, they’d sing a love song. Once known as the “best colored theater” in 1950’s New Orleans, the building housed the best plays, concerts and social events in the Treme. From the Jim Crow Era, to the closing of the movie theater in 1980, to reopening as a medical clinic, to closing yet again following severe Hurricane Katrina damage, the theater has always been a place of happy memories. “This theater has thousands and thousands of stories and that is the excitement of the Carver Theater,” says Marshall.
Eight million dollars has been pumped into the project to preserve and renovate the original structure. “We have a show room that can stand about 800 people and seat 500, a VIP smaller lounge upstairs that can seat 70 and stand about 120… The Carver Theater is a piece of clay that can be molded and it was built to be that way,” says Marshall.
Find more information at www.carvertheater.org