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Spotlights ready? It's showtime! Sitting in the historic State Theatre Minneapolis is liking taking a walk through cultural history. The history of the State Theatre is actually so long that the City of Minneapolis went out of their way to pay for the theatre and make sure it was accesible for the people of Minneapolis for years to come. The State Theatre is located at 805 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

The State Theatre Minnesota originally opened on February 5, 1921 and was labeled one of the finest in the country. The cost was approximately one million dollars and was designed by Chicago architect J.E.O. Pridemore. The main floor was glass, allowing direct light from beneath found nowhere else. The Minneapolis State Theatre also featured one of the earliest forms of air conditioning, using pipes and vents which delivered cool air using artesian well water approximately 840 feet underground, keeping the temperature around 72 degrees.


The opening night production of the State Theatre included a silent film, newsreel and a travelogue. In 1925, a Wurlitzer pipe organ was installed for the enjoyment of the seated audiences at silent movies. The first concert held was January 24, with Eddie Dunsteadter at the manuals. State Theatre Concerts were held every day for 50 cents. In 1925 to 1958, the theatre was used mainly as a movie house. The City of Minneapolis bought the LaSalle block, which includes the State Theatre, for approximately $11 million in 1989. November 1991, three years after restoration, the State Theatre reopened with the Minnesota Opera's production of Carousel. The total State Theatre restoration costs: $8.8 million.


The theatre's lobby chandeliers are not the originals, but are the same age as the theatre. The six chandeliers in the house are the originals, as are the murals on the State Theatre walls. When sitting at the theatre, you cannot complain about the view. The State Theatre Seating Chart on the main floor offers great views to 1,286 patrons, the balcony has 662 chairs, balcony Loge has 175 and the State Theatre pit has 30 chairs arranged in two long rows. The total State Theatre seating: 2,163.


Since the reopening in 1991, State Theatre Minneapolis has hosted live Broadway touring productions and concerts. The State Theatre has those wonderful shows everyone loves from Loyce Houlton's "Nutcracker Fantasy", Avenue Q, to High School Musical. The State Theatre Schedule has a wide variety of shows and all of the State Theatre Shows are hot Minneapolis tickets. The tickets are always in high demand as the intimate venue brings big name concerts and theatre shows to the Twin Cities/ People who go to the historic State Theatre, say that the shows are great and seating is fabulous. Get your State Theatre tickets now and see for yourself!!


The Historic State Theater Sign



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