Hurricane Harvey

Wortham Center Closes This Season For Post-Harvey Repairs

Due to extensive water damage from Harvey, the downtown performance venue will be closed through mid-May 2018.

The Wortham Theater Center will take longer to repair than originally thought and will be out of commission for most, if not all, of this performing arts season.

During Harvey, the basement, as well as the tunnel that connects the building to the Theater District Parking Garage, flooded. Water also reached both the Cullen and Brown Theaters. Although the building does not appear to have suffered any structural damage, there was extensive damage to at least one-third of its 60 air handling units and to the elevators. A complete evaluation of the critical building systems should be finished in two to three weeks.

Houston First, which manages the theater district, says that reopening by May 15th is a best-case scenario. Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet, and several other arts groups that call Wortham home, will perform at other venues for the 2017-18 season.

A Harvey Relief fund has been set up to help Houston theater district arts groups, and you can learn more here.



Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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