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About Historic State Theatre :-

The Historic State Theatre is part of a trio of theatres located in the historic State TheaterHennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis. Located at 805 Hennepin Ave, it is in the heart of downtown boasting wonderful sightlines and great acoustics. Seating in the theater is very comfortable and spacious. Amenities are well laid out for convenience and there are several great restaurants in the same building or within walking distance. Parking is easily accessible and ranges from the heated underground parking in the same building to many parking ramps within one block of the theater.

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The State Theatre opened on the former site of the Walker family Historic State Theaterhomestead on February 5, 1921. The theatre cost approximately one million dollars and was designed by Chicago architect J.E.O. Pridmore. At the time, it was considered the most technologically advanced and elaborate theatre in the nation.

The original floor was all glass, which allowed dramatic direct lighting from underneath. The State Theatre boasted the first well driven air-conditioning system in Minneapolis. The system delivered cool air using artesian well water 840 feet underground.

The opening night of the theatre included a silent film, newsreel and travelogue.

From 1925 to 1958, the theatre was primarily used as a movie house. It is designed so that every person has a perfect view of the stage and boasts the largest movie screen west of the Mississippi River. In 1925, a Wurlitzer pipe organ was also installed and concerts were held every day for a meager $0.50 admission.

In 1978, the current State Theatre was purchased by the Jesus People Church for use as their place of worship. During this time all the murals and sculpted figures were covered by drapes and plaster shields.

In 1989, the City of Minneapolis purchased the LaSalle block, which included the State Theatre, for 11 million dollars. The State went through a three year, 8.8 million dollar renovation project. In 1991, the Historic State Theatre reopened and performed the Minnesota Opera's production of Carousel.

The opulent interior is breath taking. The three grand lobby chandeliers are not original, but of the same era as the theatre. The six chandeliers in the house are original, as are the hand-painted murals on the walls. The area of the theatre that is located between the curtain and the orchestra is called a proscenium. It spans nearly the full width of the building and curves 100 feet above the stage. It features a legendary mural titled "Bountiful Nudes."

The State Theatre seats 1300 on the main floor, with an additional 850 seats in the balcony area.

Since the reopening in 1991, the State has hosted live Broadway touring productions and concerts, along with select films. The Hennepin Avenue theatre district atmosphere and the great viewing amenities of the Historic State Theatre, make this venue one of the hottest tickets in town!

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