The Civic Theater in Central Business District of New Orleans is the oldest surviving theater in town. Originally it served as an outpost of Broadway’s Shubert Theater Company and it became the Civic in 1950, when this magnificent sign was hung over the entrance on Baronne Street. Air Conditioning must’ve been a big draw back then! The theater closed in the 1980’s and it remained vacant for decades. Sometime after Katrina, with the NOLA real estate market booming, this area of Baronne Street was developed into condo buildings. The theater was saved and restored but the entrance was moved to O’Keefe but thankfully, the great sign in this 2007 photo has been saved and is used at the entrance to the condo building. Tonight at the Civic, my friends The @PreservationHall
Jazz Band and @ArcadeFire
’s Win Butler & Regine Chassagne are presiding over the Kanaval Ball, celebrating the musical ties between NOLA and Haiti ... As a “founding member” of Krewe du Kanaval, I wish I could be there but I hope the celebration is legendary!