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New Orleans Venues Still Without Power

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Two venues in the New Orleans Cultural Center complex have been left without power since Hurricane Katrina struck last fall. The Mahalia Jackson Theater of Performing Arts and the Municipal Auditorium suffered extensive damage and remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Floodwaters wiped out the electrical systems of the two venues, both of which are often used by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the city theater community. The Municipal Auditorium seats 7,000, and the Mahalia Jackson Theater holds 2,300.

New Orleans Cultural Center General Manager Kathleen Turner told the New Orleans City Business she has no idea when either will reopen.

“We had the mold taken care of but if we don’t get electricity to turn on our air handlers the will just grow back,” Turner said. “The city is doing everything it can to help us and has put us on the priority list.”

Despite the uncertainty, the LPO and the New Orleans Opera have scheduled concerts starting in March at the two venues. If they are still damaged, the performances will be cancelled. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers