1111 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA, 70112
Seats: 2,736 (originally 3,400)
Architect: Emile Weil
This live and film venue was built by Julian Saenger as the flagship of several theatres he owned in the south. After the obligatory period of decline and multiplexing, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and renovated with a reopening in 1980. The theatre was severely damaged in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina and was in the middle of a $38 million renovation when I visited in 2013.
Songs have become, for lack of a better word, trivial: not through any less effort from the best musicians, but through the unexpected combination of a nearly infinite supply, constant availability, suboptimum sound quality and the intangibility I've always thought I would welcome (Jon Pareles).