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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.
HUGE Improv Theater keeps audiences laughing for hours night after night. This not-for-profit theater is run by volunteers and the shows are open to the public for a very low price. Some shows sell tickets for $10, others for just $5 while still other shows on Sunday nights leave the price tag blank for guests to pay what they like.
This European-style opera house is home to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the Schubert Club. The main theater, magnificent lobby and McKnight Theater are handsome with sleek wood paneling and classic accents. This celebrated facility hosts international dance and music performances, including long runs of Broadway touring companies. Tours are available. Reservations are required.
Hopkins Center For The Arts is a center that aims to promote cultural and creative activities and encourages out-of-the-box thinking in the field of art. It hosts events that not only provide entertainment, but develop and nurture creativity too, amongst the performers and the audiences as well. Featuring theater, dance studio and several other rooms, the Hopkins Center organizes movie screenings, art expositions, concerts, dance shows, workshops, seminars, art festivals; from performing to literary arts, it certainly covers a wide span. Volunteers from diverse fields are invited to join the creative gang here, thereby adding a freshness to its events and repetition of themes is avoided. Patrons can also avail various event packages on offer. For complete information and up-coming events schedule, check website.