Jim and Catherine MacPhaille recently purchased the A&G Theatre on North Beach Blvd in Old Town Bay St. Louis. The theater, which has been vacant for over 40 years, is going to be restored to its former glory as a multi-purpose performance space for movies, theater, comedy, music, receptions, and live entertainment.
The MacPhailles have hired MetroStudio, an architecture firm that has played an important role in the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Through their principals, Robert Zwirn and Kenneth Gowland, MetroStudio has engineered the $5.5 million dollar conversion of the Joy Theater in New Orleans, the $26 million dollar conversion of the California Building in downtown New Orleans, and the $7 million dollar conversion of the existing St. Rose Di Lima Cathedral into the Bayou Treme Performing Arts Center.
“We are excited to get this project moving, as the old A&G Theatre is an important historical icon and a local community asset that we need to get back in service.” Jim MacPhaille said. “So many people grew up in Bay St. Louis and remember going to the movies with their parents at this theater. We want to bring back the opportunity for a new generation of parents to share that experience and more with their children, and also attract local, regional and national performances to our town.”