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As its name implies this 259 seat arena is unique in the sense that audiences surround the center stage. The peculiar seating arrangement is such that the rows are only seven from the front and every seat gets a good view of the stage. The seating arrangement gives you an intimate feel and makes you part of the action. The theater is one of the liveliest night spots in the city.
The Guthrie Theater was founded in 1963 with an aim to promote theater that was an alternative to the largely commercial Broadway. Today, the Guthrie Theater's mission remains the same but what started off as four productions is now a complex that includes three stages: the McGuire Proscenium Stage, the Wurtele Thrust Stage, and Dowling Studio. One doesn't have to be a ticket holder to visit the building and its cafe or lounge. There are also guided and self-guided tours.
The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1921 as a vaudeville house and then converted to a movie house. Thereafter, it fell into a state of disrepair due to competition from multi-screen, suburban theaters. The theater was renovated in 1994 and since then the Orpheum has hosted numerous Broadway musicals including world premieres such as "Victor/Victoria" and "The Lion King." Relax as you watch a musical or chill out at a concert here. You can also join your academically inclined friends for a lecture held in the theater. Regardless of the reason you visit this place, you will love the regal theater with a seating capacity of 2579. The Orpheum is part of the Hennepin Theatre Trust.
The oldest continuously running theater in the United States has been entertaining generations since 1940, under the tutelage of Don Stolz, resident director since 1941 and owner since 1946. From its home in a converted log stable, the company has grown from a summer stock troupe to a year-round operation. Box office hits have included The Front Page, Mister Roberts and The Odd Couple. The stage of the Old Log has been graced by many thespians that went on to TV and movie fame. Loni Anderson, native of Roseville, Minnesota, of "WKRP" fame, had roles at the Old Log, as did actor Nick Nolte before striking it big. From the start, the Old Log has been funded solely through box office sales. No fundraising drives, private grants or corporate donations have ever been sought to keep the theater afloat during lean times. In 1960 the original theater was replaced with a new structure on the same 10-acre wooded site. Still a rustic and rural setting, the 655-seat theater has spacious dining areas to accommodate theatergoers for dinner and pre-matinee luncheons. The facilities are also available for business meetings, banquets and wedding receptions.