Mysterious Mural Found in Historic Duluth Theatre

DULUTH, Minn. —

As construction continues on Duluth’s historic NorShor Theatre, a mysterious work of art has been found.

The nearly ten-foot-tall mural was found in the theatre’s attic, which is a space that used to be the balcony of the old Orpheum Theatre back in the early 1900s.

Christine Gradl Seitz, Duluth Playhouse’s Artistic Director, says she hopes to see the mural restored, and plans to use it in the new renovated theatre.

“Our intent is to consult historic preservation and art restoration so that we can restore the piece appropriately and hang them.  Our goal is to put this in the new lobby,” she said.

The NorShor Theater originally opened back in the 1940s, but the current project manager believes the mural dates back earlier than that.

“Because when the mural was removed there was plaster behind the wall, and not paint.  And it was built to the exact proportions of this framed out corner of the balcony,” Gradl Seitz said.

Project leaders are confident that the theater will open on schedule, in February next year, with an opening day production of the musical “Mamma Mia!”

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