Le Petit Theatre: Renovated stage icon back after 2 1/2 years in the dark
BY DEAN M. SHAPIRO | Published by The Advocate
May 29, 2013
Two and a half years after they went dark, the lights are finally back on at Le Petit Theatre. The nearly 100-year-old performance hall in the heart of the French Quarter recently announced its 2013-14 season, and show tickets go on sale Saturday.
The announcement appears to bring an end to nearly three years of squabbling among various factions over the fate of the historic venue.
Founded in 1916 and in its present location at St. Peter and Chartres streets since 1922, Le Petit canceled the second half of its 2010-11 season in December 2010 amid financial difficulties, and it has been dark ever since except for a handful of special functions.
The long-running dispute over the theater’s management came to an end when restaurateur Dickie Brennan was allowed to open a restaurant in 60 percent of the building. The theater then became the beneficiary of $1 million in renovations and both the restaurant, Tableaux, and the renovated theater officially opened earlier this month.