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2101 ORLEANS AVE.    NEW ORLEANS, LA   70116
(504) 304-0460
ABOUT CARVER THEATER

ABOUT

The Historic Carver Theater is a 16,000 square foot music and entertainment venue situated in the heart of the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans. The main hall can accommodate 1200 people standing or 940 seated. The second story has additional space for guests and includes a VIP lounge, a separate bar and a balcony. Primarily used as a music and entertainment venue, Carver is also used to host special events such as corporate events and wedding receptions.

OUR HISTORY

Old Carver Theater pictures

Named after George Washington Carver, the Carver Theater was built in 1950 in the New Orleans historic neighborhood of Tremé. At the time, the Carver was considered state-of-the-art and hailed as America’s finest theater for African American patrons.

In 2006, the theater suffered extensive damage from the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Following an $8 million renovation, Carver was able to be restored to its original glory and reopened in 2014. The theater is now included on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Carver now boasts a unique combination of history, character and high-tech, modern amenities suitable for all audiences during any occasion.

THE SPECS

While the theater itself is considered historic, our recently-enhanced sound and lighting systems use new, state-of-the-art equipment and provide a top-notch experience for our guests.
Carver’s enhanced features include:
16,000 SQUARE FEET VENUE

The venue includes an open first floor with fully-equipped stage area and bar, along with a second floor expanded VIP area, bar and viewing balconies.

LARGE STAGE

Carver’s large staging space can accommodate live music, dance and theater performances, and much more. Carver’s in-house film equipment allows for films to be screened from the stage on-site with ease to create a movie-theater-like viewing experience.

ENHANCED SOUND AND LIGHTING EQUIPMENT

Raven PMG was recently brought on to serve as our production manager for all events, which has immediately improved theater production quality. Over $140,000 of moving light fixtures were added inside the venue, providing a more dynamic and exciting concert experience. The existing sound system was augmented to ensure it is one of the best in the state. The main hall and large DJ booth feature sound equipment by Yamaha, Tascam, Furman, Audix and Shure.

All lighting and sound enhancements were brought to the Carver by event design and production company, Raven PMG.

OFF-STREET PARKING

Carver Theater has multiple off-street parking lots assuring secure and convenient parking for all guests. Valet parking is also available for the majority of events for an additional charge.

VIP LOUNGE

Carver’s second floor VIP Lounge provides a space for guests to enjoy an exquisite view of the theater with multiple stage-viewing balconies, private bar, and VIP lounge area (opportunities for private music are also available in the VIP Lounge).

The VIP Lounge can also be used for intimate shows and events— music bookings, comedy shows, or community socials or happy hours.

LOCATED ONE MILE FROM THE FRENCH QUARTER

The Carver Theater is located just one mile from New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, featuring the city’s top restaurants, bars, and historic sites.

CAPACITY

The main hall at the Carver Theater can accommodate 1200 guests (standing room) or 900 seated.

• Maximum Show Capacity, Standing Room: 1200

• Traditional Theater Capacity (Film, Seated Shows): Up to 900

• Ground Floor Reception (wedding, private event): Up to 400
• VIP Room Capacity (Full second floor): 120

• New Orleans Suite— Private Viewing Area: 16 (VIP viewing area available to purchase during events)
• Donna’s on Rampart Suite— Private Viewing Area: 10 (VIP area available to purchase during events)

EXPERIENCE THE VIP AT CARVER

Carver’s second floor VIP Lounge provides a space for guests to enjoy an exquisite view of the theater with multiple stage-viewing balconies, private bar, and VIP lounge area (opportunities for private music are also available in the VIP Lounge).

The VIP Lounge can also be used for additional smaller shows and events—small music bookings, comedy shows, or community socials or happy hours.

If you are interested in reserving Carver Theater for an upcoming concert, event or wedding reception, please call us at (504) 304-0460.
If you have any specific questions or needs, please contact the appropriate Carver staff member listed below.

CHRIS RITTER
General Manager
chris@carvertheater.org

DAVIS ROGAN
Talent Buyer
davis@carvertheater.org

JENNIFER O’SULLIVAN
Box Office Manager
jennifer@carvertheater.org