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Sep 27, 2013 4:27 PM by AP (PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

8 years after Katrina, historic theater reopens

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eight years after Hurricane Katrina and a $52 million restoration, the historic Saenger Theatre is again open for business.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, elected officials and investors who partnered to bring the restoration to fruition stood on the newly renovated stage Friday to celebrate the formal reopening of the theater, which was built in 1927 as a movie palace but also has hosted stage productions.

Landrieu and others used words like "wow," ''breathtaking," ''amazing" and "beautiful" to describe the transformation of the Saenger, which was heavily damaged by Katrina in August 2005.

Landrieu says the theater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the city's best symbol of resurrection and resilience.

The reopening was to kick off Friday night with a performance by comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

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