Shreveport Municipal Auditorium Closed for Renovations

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The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium closed in April for one year due to renovations for the first time since opening in 1929. Group tours will not be hosted until renovations are complete.

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Some even say that the spirit of music has never left the building. - Sam Voisin, SMG regional general manager.

Located just minutes from downtown Shreveport on Elvis Presley Avenue, the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium is known for offering groups haunted tours, taking visitors behind the scenes on a narrated tour full of historical facts and ghost stories. With a rich history dating back to November 11, 1929, the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium has closed for one year for renovations starting April 1, 2013 for the first time.

The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium is a national landmark and known for its musical past. Elvis Presley got his start on the Louisiana Hayride, a CBS 50,000 watt live radio broadcast from the Municipal. Elvis had his first professional appearance there on October 16, 1954. Tour guides have hosted group tours regularly each Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., at $5 a person and private tours by appointment. During renovation, tours will be limited to hardhat media tours throughout the year.

Sam Voisin, regional general manager of SMG facilities management, said, “All of the greats played on this stage at some point in their career, from Jimi Hendrix to Bob Dylan, to the Hayride stars. When Elvis performed for the first time on radio at the Hayride, the face of music changed right in front of our eyes on the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium stage. Some even say that the spirit of music has never left the building.”

Renovations will include new user-friendly ADA-compliant seating, new seating in the orchestra level, rewiring of the building, resealing and replacing all windows, installation of a load-in elevator backstage, refinishing of flooring, air conditioning in the lobbies, installation of new HVAC systems and controls, and refurbishing of dressing rooms.

A grand re-opening is scheduled for April 2014. Voisin also states that the grand re-opening will be a part of a month-long celebration highlighted by the Louisiana Hayride in partnership with the Grammy Organization. Plans are underway to produce a special nationally broadcast concert. More details are to come.

For media inquiries and high resolution images contact Deann Jewell, communications coordinator at djewell(at)sbctb(dot)org or (318) 429-0645.

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