Orpheum Theatre (Minneapolis)

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Orpheum Theatre
Hennepin Theater
Hennepin Avenue-Minneapolis-2006-12-14.jpg
The Orpheum Theatre at night
Address 910 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
Owner Hennepin Theatre Trust
Operator Historic Theatre Group
Capacity 2,579
Opened 1921
Reopened 1993


Hennepin Theatre
Coordinates 44°58′36.37″N 93°16′38.97″W / 44.9767694°N 93.2774917°W / 44.9767694; -93.2774917Coordinates: 44°58′36.37″N 93°16′38.97″W / 44.9767694°N 93.2774917°W / 44.9767694; -93.2774917
Built 1921
Architect Kirchoff, Roger; et al.
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
NRHP reference # 95001548 [1]
Added to NRHP January 19, 1996

Orpheum Theatre is a theater located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is one of four restored theaters on Hennepin Avenue, along with the Pantages Theatre, the State Theatre[2] and the Shubert Theatre (now The Cowles Center).

The building opened on October 16, 1921, originally named the Hennepin Theater.[3] The theater actually consists of two separate structures: a long, fingerlike lobby that extends back from a narrow facade along Hennepin Avenue, and the auditorium, which is set back and parallels Hawthorne Avenue. The restored lobby includes six terra cotta bas relief sculptures. The auditorium is intricately plastered, with a number of garlands, swags, medallions, and other decorations. The ceiling has a dome with 30,000 squares of aluminum leaf.[2]

The building seats 1500 on the main floor and 1100 on the three level balcony.[3]

Several musicals, including Victor/Victoria, The Lion King, and The 101 Dalmatians Musical premiered at the Orpheum.

In 1988, the Orpheum was sold by Bob Dylan (who owned it from 1979-1988)[4] to the City of Minneapolis; it was renovated and reopened in 1993. In 2005, the city transferred ownership of its theaters to the Hennepin Theatre Trust.[5]

Historic Theatre Group's original partner was Jujamcyn Productions. SFX (now Live Nation) bought Jujamcyn Productions in 2000.[6] Live Nation sold most of its theatrical properties, including its Minneapolis operations, to Key Brand Entertainment in 2008.[7]


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