Saenger Theatre closing doors for renovations

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Once called the most modern theatre in the South, the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Biloxi, built in 1929, is temporarily closing its doors to start renovations.
The project is estimated to cost between $800,000 to more than one million dollars and only includes exterior renovations. Around 200 events are held in the theatre every year which attracts around 30,000 people.
With events already scheduled this year, many will now have to look for a new place to host their shows. Cecilia Dobbs-Walton with the City of Biloxi Public Affairs said, “We are notifying the groups that have reserved the theatre to let them know that we are going to be essentially closing the doors and giving them other options to where they can hold their events, such as Biloxi Civic Center, the Frank Gruich, and also we are working with the Biloxi Public Schools for their auditorium at the Upper Elementary School off of Father Ryan Avenue.”
The theatre is expected to be closed for at least a year. This is not the first renovations for the historic building. Upgrades were also completed in the 70s, 80s, and late 90s.