Attraction Spotlight: Orpheum Theatre

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 10:18am.

Orpheum Theatre - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hennepin_Avenue-Minneapolis-2006-12-14.jpg

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis on historic Hennepin Avenue, the Orpheum theatre is a reminder of a gentler and more civilized era. From the restored marquee sign out front to the plush red velvet seating inside, a visit to this theatre is an experience that should not be missed.

The Orpheum holds a variety of shows year round, ranging from off-Broadway productions and ballet to modern comedians like Amy Schumer and Jim Gaffigan.

Built in 1921 as the Hennepin, the theatre was designed to seat over 2500 people. This gorgeous building is an almost textbook example of the Roman architecturally influenced Beaux-Artistic style. The corner palisades and flat roof only hint at the gorgeous interior, however. The open lobby begins a showcase that opens up into a spacious seating area with a full balcony.

The Orpheum was actually owned by Bob Dylan and Bob Zimmerman, his brother. After the Minneapolis Community Development Agency purchased from the pair in 1988, a full restoration and upgrade was begun.

The stage was extended almost twenty feet to accommodate modern Broadway shows. The chandelier was also restored and put back into place in the main theatre. It literally weighs a ton and is fifteen feet high. In total, over $10 million dollars went into restoring the Orpheum.

Whether you are a visitor to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area or a longtime resident, the Orpheum is a place to make a memory. New events happen all the time and the box office and theatre staff are waiting to help you see why this is one of the greatest off-Broadway theatres in the United States.

This theatre is a perfect place for individuals who enjoy a good show or people who just appreciate the rich history of the building. Either way, you are sure to have a good time at this attraction.

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