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The Fitzgerald Theatre holds the honor of being St. Paul, Minnesota's oldest surviving theater venue, constructed in 1910 by entertainment-industry icons Lee and J. J. Shubert.  The elaborately designed, elegant building was initially named the Sam S. Shubert Theater in honor of Lee and J. J. Shubert's brother Sam, who had passed away.  The Shubert brothers spared no expense of this memorial theater, and used the Maxine Elliot Theater (a staple of New York theater life) as the model for the St. Paul venue.

 

The historic theater was breath-taking and awed its audience at the 1910 reveal.  A moving stage, 2,000 electric lights, and a beautiful sandstone exterior were modern and beautiful.  During the Depression-era, the Fitzgerald Theatre converted to a movie house, specializing in foreign films.  Due to its emphasis on international movies, a suitable nickname of "World Theater" became the Fitzgerald's new moniker.

 

Unfortunately, a declining interest in the "World Theater" caused it to fall into disrepair.  After purchasing the venue in 1980, Minnesota Public Radio spent 6 years investing and restoring the Fitzgerald.  It became the home of Garrison Keillor's popular live radio program "A Prairie Home Companion" and was officially established as Fitzgerald Theatre in 1994.  "A Prairie Home Companion" brought national attention to Fitzgerald Theatre when it was filmed as a celebrity-studded film in 2006.  Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson, and Marylouise Burke rounded out the cast. 

 

Now revered as St. Paul's trademark theatre, the Fitzgerald Theatre Schedule hosts musicals, film festivals, and a multitude of other events.  Conveniently located on 10 East Exchange Street in downtown St. Paul, the Fitzgerald Theatre's upcoming schedule is booked with comedy acts, choirs, and, of course, the Prairie Home Companion shows that launched the theatre to its modern fame. 

 

Don't wait to purchase your Fitzgerald Theatre tickets today!  Whether you enjoy listening to live music or watching talented actors and actresses performing on stage, the Fitzgerald has what you are looking for.  Enjoy the beauty of downtown St. Paul and an equally awe-inspiring Fitzgerald venue through buying your Fitzgerald Theatre tickets now.

 

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