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It's Showtime! You need a great place to see a good production, one theater comes to mind: Orpheum Theatre. The Orpheum Theatre is located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota and is one of the three restored theaters on Hennepin Avenue. The Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis was built October 16, 1921; initially known as the Hennepin and was designed by the Milwaukee firm of Kirchoff & Rose and the cost to build: $1 million.


The Orpheum Theatre Minnesota actually consists of two separate structures: a long, fingerlike lobby that extends back from the narrow façade along Hennepin Avenue, and the auditorium, which is set back and parallels Hawthorne Avenue. The restored Orpheum lobby includes six terra cotta relief sculptures, the ceiling has a dome with 30,000 squares of aluminum leaf, and the Orpheum auditorium is elaborately plastered with a number of garlands, swags and other decorations. Orpheum Theatre seating allows 1,569 patrons (with 20 wheelchair spots) on the main floor and 1,049 (with 22 wheelchair spots) in the balcony; giving a total Orpheum Theatre seating of 2,618.


Among different performers on the first Orpheum Theatre Schedule were the Marx Brothers. Over 70,000 guests came to watch the Marx Brothers during the opening week. The Orpheum has always been a major Minneapolis venue for many variety shows, including Jack Benny and Burns & Allen to name a couple. At the beginning, the best seats in the Orpheum sold for 47 cents, and the children's tickets, only 9 cents. Orpheum Theatre also featured an unheard of playroom and baby-sitting services for younger children on the first floor of mezzanine lobby.


In the late 20's, the Orpheum Theatre merely changed with the times and became one of the major cinema houses in Minneapolis. Vaudeville had hit Minneapolis in a big way. But as the era of Vaudeville declined and Hollywood took over, the Orpheum became a first run movie venue. In 1940, Gone with the Wind premiered at the Orpheum and moviegoers, on opening night, formed a solid line out the doors, down Hennepin Avenue and around the corner onto 9th Street; and for three weeks, every showing was sold out. It was one of the most successful shows ever at the Orpheum Theatre. In 1988, the Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA) purchased the Orpheum Theatre for about $1.4 million from singer Bob Dylan and his brother. The MCDA financed a $10 million restoration and expansion of the Hennepin Avenue Theatre.


The Historic Orpheum Theatre Minnesota brings broadway performances to the Twin Cities as well as concerts and comedy acts.  The Orpheum Theatre is part of the historic theatre district that is unique to Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.


The Orpheum Theatre is proud to have seen the origination of a number of productions, including Beauty & the Beast, and the pre-Broadway premiere of Disney's Lion King. Orpheum Theatre Tickets have always been in high demand. The Orpheum Minneapolis has hosted fantastic theater productions and big name musical artists, and still put on shows such as the long-running Wicked. Many groups have taken a liking to the venue and return again and again, so the Orpheum Theatre always has great events. Orpheum Theatre tickets are a hot commodity in the artsy Twins Cities area. Get your Orpheum tickets to this fantastic place of music today and enjoy!!


The Orpheum Theater Sign on Hennepin



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