Marigny Opera House shut down following Solange wedding, forcing rescheduling of Fringe Fest shows



UPDATE: Issues regarding use of the Marigny Opera House for the New Orleans Fringe Festival were resolved Friday morning. There will be festival performances at the Marigny Opera House beginning Friday evening. Read our update here.

The New Orleans Fringe festival canceled opening day and Thursday shows at the Marigny Opera House after a special use permit for the venue was denied by the city. The festival is rescheduling shows and organizers are unclear whether Fringe Fest will be able to use the venue, which has been a Fringe venue for the past several years.

Hours before the New Orleans Fringe Festival opened, Fringe organizers were in Civil District Court fighting an injunction by the city to close the Marigny Opera House over issues that arose from fire marshal inspectors. Fringe organizers learned late last week that the festival would need a special use permit, Fringe director Kristin Evans says. In past years, the festival has received special use permits for the Marigny Opera House, and organizers didn't believe they needed a special use permit this year because the Marigny Opera House has appropriate permits. Organizers rushed to file for a special use permit last week and were told by the city on Monday night that it would be denied, Evans says.

Issues over use of the space arose following consideration of permit requests for the wedding of Solange Knowles, Evans says. Solange's wedding took place Sunday and photos of the wedding party inside the Marigny Opera House appeared in media around the world this week (with extensive coverage in the New York Post and E! Online).

Gambit has calls into Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration seeking comment. 

The Fringe schedule is adjusted as follows today: For the Sins I Can Remember will be at the Old Ironworks at 5 p.m. Now and at the Hour will be at the Hi-Ho Lounge at 7 p.m. Professor Nakamoto's Nexus of Numbers will follow at the Hi-Ho Lounge at 9 p.m.

The relocated shows will be free to the public. The Fringe will pay the artists for those shows, Evans says. 

Visit the Fringe website for further schedule adjustments.

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