The Historic State Theatre is located at 805 Hennepin Avenue South in Minneapolis Minnesota. The State Theatre opened February 5th, 1921. The theatre was designed by famed architect J.E.O. Pridmore. At the time the State Theatre was considered the most technologically advanced and elaborate theatre in the United States! Originally the State theatre floor was made of glass which allowed direct lighting from below. The State Theatre also boasted the first well driven air-conditioning system in Minneapolis to maintain a 72 degree temperature in the theatre.The State Theatre opening night program included a silent film, newsreel and travelogue.
Four years after opening, the State Theatre began showing concerts. The concerts were a huge hit with Minneapolis music fans. The first concert at the State Theatre was on January 27, 1925. A Wurlitzer pipe organ was installed and Eddie Dunstedter performed at the keyboard. Concerts were held every day for a low ticket price of $0.50. To this day the State Theatre Concert Schedule remains a huge draw for arts patrons in the Twin Cities.
For the next 30 years the State Theatre was used primarily as a movie house. The State Theatre was designed so that every person has a perfect view of the stage and boasts the largest movie screen west of the Mississippi River.
The State Theatre changed ownership in 1978. The Jesus People Church purchased the State Theatre to use as their place of worship. During this time all the murals and sculpted figures were covered by drapes and plaster shields.
Eleven years later, in 1989, The City of Minneapolis purchased the LaSalle block, which includes the State Theatre, for $11 million. The State Theatre became part of the Historic Hennepin Avenue Theatre trust along with the Orpheum Theatre and the Pantages Theatre all located on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis put the State Theatre through 3 years of restoration and in November of 1991 reopened with the Minnesota Opera's production of Carousel. The restoration that the State Theatre underwent cost $8.8 million.
The State Theatre seathing chart holds 1,300 on the main floor and 850 seats in the balcony/loge area. Since the reopening the State has hosted live Broadway touring productions and concerts, along with films including the World Premieres of Minnesota-based films such as Grumpy Old Men. The State Theatre has drawn big performers to the city of Minneapolis including Bryan Adams. The state theatre is also proud to host broadway shows like Sweeny Todd and teen sensation High School Musical.
The State Theatre is an intimate venue to see a great Minneapolis concert or a broadway show. Since the venue is small, State Theatre tickets sell fast so buy early and enjoy the show! Buy your State Theatre Tickets here today!