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See, I am doing a new thing!

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

The Orpheum opened in Duluth, Minnesota in 1910 as a vaudeville house. In 1941, it changed with the times and became a movie theater, renamed the NorShor. Then, it slowly fell into irrelevance and disrepair. For some, the building seemed to be at the end of its life, ready to be buried and destroyed. For others, including the mayor, the NorShor was the seed for community transformation.

The renovation of NorShor was a risk for the community, but early signs show it to be the start of something transformative.