The Saenger Theatre

Posted on September 6, 2017
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Designed by Emile Weil, the Saenger Theatre was built by Julian Saenger in 1927 for the theretofore unheard of price of $2.5 million dollars. Advertisements of the day described it as “an acre of seats in a garden of Florentine splendor”. Today, the interior atmospheric design creates a magnificent 15th century Italian courtyard and gardens, with arched surroundings, columns and decorative moldings. The suspension of disbelief is completed by a blue domed “sky” ceiling complete with twinkling stars. Greek and Roman statuary line the walls and statues of Venus stand on pedestals along the upper rim of the auditorium.

Determined Spirit

In 2005, the Saenger Theatre was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Yet within months of the storm, a groundswell of interest in the renovation and reopening of the theatre began to grow, and, in December 2011; the agreements to restore the theatre were finalized.

The $53 million project serves to anchor the revitalization of Canal Street and the New Orleans Central Business District and act as an economic generator attracting visitors from New Orleans and the Gulf South region to enjoy the very finest live entertainment available.


The Saenger Theatre reopened its doors in September 2013.

The Saenger Theatre restoration was a National Rehabilitation Tax Credit project, whose scope of construction served to authentically restore this historic 1927 movie palace, and transform it into a first class state-of-the-art performing arts theatre.

The restored Saenger Theatre features beautifully restored lobbies and auditorium seating area with carpeting and lighting fixtures recreated from the originals. Expanded restrooms and concessions facilities ensure the greatest comfort for our patrons.

The expanded theatre stage house will be equipped with state-of-the-art theatrical systems ensuring the Saenger will be the most technically advanced theatre in the South.

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Features List

  • Games
  • Food
  • Wifi
  • Headlines
  • Organization
  • Overall marketing
  • Concrete Flooring
  • Convenience
  • Time savings
  • Easy access
  • Immediacy
  • Quicker answers
  • Fewer resources required
  • Reliability
  • Positioning

Plan Your Visit FAQs

What if I’m late to the performance? Do you allow late seating?

If you are late, you may be held out or reseated until an appropriate time for you to get to your assigned seat. People who arrive late disturb the performers on stage and audience members. It is best to arrive about 30 minutes early so that you have time to purchase concessions, take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom), find your seat and read the program before the show starts.

Is Valet parking available?

Valet parking is available for Saenger Theatre Grand Suite and Club Seat ticket holders only.

May I use my electronic devices (cell phone, camera, etc) during the performance?

Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Saenger Theatre via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting.

Are recording devices & cameras permitted in the theatre?

Recording devices and cameras are not permitted in the theatre.

May I bring a child to the theatre?

Children under the age of six are encouraged to attend only special children’s theatre events. Everyone entering the theatre must have a ticket regardless of age. For the comfort and enjoyment of all guests, children who are disruptive to other guests will be asked to leave the seating area. Parents should use their discretion when deciding what shows are appropriate for children. For more information on recommended minimum age for a specific show, please visit the show page on or

Are refreshments available?

A Full-Service Bar is offered at all performances. Beverages include wine, beer, soft drinks, mixed drinks, champagne, margaritas, coffee, juice and water. Candy is also available. Outside food and beverage are not permitted in the theatre.

How can I purchase merchandise from a show?

Merchandise is sold in the theatre lobby, if the tour is selling merchandise.

Is smoking permitted in the theatre?

Smoking is not permitted in any area of the Saenger Theatre. Smoking patios are designated outside the main entrance of both theatres.

Are assistive listening devices available?

Assistive listening devices are available for the hearing impaired. Patrons must present a valid driver’s license or valid state identification when checking out units.

Are live interpreters offered for performances?

The Saenger Theatre will offer live interpretation performances for the hearing impaired community for many of the Broadway in New Orleans series productions. This service will typically be offered during Sunday matinee performances. For Live interpreting dates and times for specific performances, please inquire at the Theatre Box Office. Productions without dialogue may not offer Open Captioning.

Are live interpreters offered for performances?

The Saenger Theatre will offer live interpretation performances for the hearing impaired community for many of the Broadway in New Orleans series productions. This service will typically be offered during Sunday matinee performances. For Live interpreting dates and times for specific performances, please inquire at the Theatre Box Office. Productions without dialogue may not offer Open Captioning.

Is the Saenger Theatre handicap accessible?

The Saenger Theatre does offer accessible seating. Accessible seats may be purchased by phone or online through Ticketmaster.

What is the policy with regards to inclement weather?

We rarely cancel performances due to weather. In cases of inclement weather, we strongly recommend that patrons use public transportation where possible, travel safely and allow plenty of time to arrive at the theatre on time. During inclement weather, updates will also be posted on and the Saenger Facebook page. We recommend that patrons check these sites frequently if there is a pending or occurring storm.

Are concealed weapons permit holders allowed to carry within the building?

Firearms are prohibited within the theatre.

Ticket FAQs

Why should I buy from the Official and Authorized Ticket Resources?

We strongly urge all of our patrons to purchase their tickets through an Authorized Ticket Source which are the Saenger Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster, and Broadway in New Orleans. We do not recommend that patrons purchase tickets through unauthorized outlets, online resellers or other ticket sales operations.

Tickets obtained from sources other than the Saenger Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster or Broadway in New Orleans may be lost, stolen or counterfeit and will not be honored. Please know whom you are purchasing your tickets from.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Saenger Theatre Box Office prior to purchasing, 504.287.0351

When will tickets go on sale to the general public for a specific show?

Tickets go on sale to the general public throughout the year, typically a few months prior to the performance. The best way to be notified when shows go on sale is to join the eNews. Sign up today!

May I exchange or refund my single tickets?

All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds are given. Click here for more information.

What do I do if a performance is cancelled?

In the unlikely event a performance is cancelled, we will inform patrons via phone, email, or mail and give patrons appropriate information regarding the show’s ticketing policies. Ticket holders are also encouraged to return to their original point of purchase for more information. We recommend that patrons check for updates and information regarding their scheduled performance by visiting and the Saenger Facebook page.

I have lost my tickets. What should I do?

If you cannot find your tickets and have purchased them through an Authorized Ticket Source (Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster or Broadway In New Orleans) we have a record of your sales transaction and can accommodate you. Please return to your point of purchase as soon as you as you discover you have misplaced your ticket(s). We will confirm your seating and issue a “Location Pass”, which you will pick up at the Will Call window one hour before your performance. For security purposes Location Passes will not be mailed. Identification and payment verification will be needed when you pick up the tickets. If tickets were purchased through an unauthorized ticket reseller, we cannot guarantee replacement.

How can I purchase a gift certificate? How can I redeem an old gift certificate?

Gift Certificates are available for Broadway in New Orleans performances. You can redeem your gift certificate by calling 800.215.SHOW (7469) Mon – Fri, 10am to 5pm.

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