Theaters in Minneapolis
Arts lovers, take note. In the past few years, Minneapolis has experienced unprecedented growth in our already rich cultural landscape.
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC)
Is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for nearly 275,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to creating world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.
The Brave New Workshop
Has been crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire in Minneapolis since 1958 – longer than any other theatre in the U.S. Founded by the legendary Dudley Riggs, the Brave New Workshop is a truly unique place to laugh, learn, think, and play. Alongside our own theatrical productions, the BNW hosts a variety of performances in our ETC theatre, and also provides video production, live event entertainment, emcee services and venue rentals. Our Creative Outreach division offers speaking and training for Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Hilton, General Mills, and Target. The BNW’s school, the Student Union, boasts the most comprehensive improv training curriculum in the country. With a commitment to sustainability and a unique business model, the BNW operates as a self-funding arts organization. 824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show
America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The criminal is lurking somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it!
The Guthrie creates transformative theater experiences that ignite the imagination, stir the heart, open the mind, and build community through the illumination of our common humanity. The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota, and from its place, rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st century arts organization.
Where we present everything from Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters to niche art films, all in a classic auditorium featuring new high-backed rocker seats and digital sound.
Even though we feature state-of-the-art projection and sound systems, our customers enjoy the opportunity to “step back in time” and experience movie-going as it was in the 50s, when neighborhood theaters were in abundance. Some of our customers walk to the theater and enjoy arriving early in order to relax in the spacious lobby on the mod couches and chairs located 3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406-3504
In 1984, the Mann Theatre closed and remained shuttered until 1996, when current Hennepin Theatre Trust President/CEO Tom Hoch and former Historic Theatre Group President Fred Krohn initiated a five-year effort to save and restore the Pantages Theatre. During the renovation, architectural drawings were found and used to restore much of the theatre’s decorative plasterwork and character. The stained-glass “monitor,” a false skylight in the center of the auditorium’s ceiling, was revealed after layers of paint were removed. In cooperation with the City of Minneapolis, on November 7, 2002 the completely renovated Pantages re-opened at a cost of $9.5 million. Since then, the intimate Pantages has presented music, theatre and dance artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vince Gill, Feist, Todd Rundgren, The Blenders and collaborative productions with Twin Cities’ organizations including the Jungle Theater, the History Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Cantus and Theater Latté Da. Hennepin Theatre Trust is now the owner and operator of this magnificent structure.
Conveniently located in the Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis, Illusion Theater presents original drama, comedy, dance and music throughout the year. In 43 years, Illusion has generated over 500 plays, developed thousands of artists and created ground-breaking educational works. Plays developed at Illusion have been produced in theaters throughout the world. Illusion’s work has catalyzed conversations in living rooms, kitchens, coffee houses, schools and board rooms, and has led to transformations in policy, in organizations and in individuals. Illusion Theater is located on the Light Rail route just one block from the stop at 5th St. & Hennepin Ave. inside the Cowles Center for the Arts. Our beautiful lobby is also available for pre-show and post-show receptions, as well as meetings and special event
Hennepin Theatre Trust was established as a nonprofit organization in 2002. Since then, we quickly evolved into a recognized leader of arts and culture development in downtown Minneapolis.
Today, we bring value to the community through our three theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – and our growing portfolio of collaborative partnerships. Annually, our organization alone brings more than 500,000 people to the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District (WeDo™) to enjoy a range of activities and attractions.
We are committed to transforming the community in which we do business – the WeDo MPLS Cultural District – and that includes transforming YOUR experience every time you visit. We accomplish this by:
- Bringing the best of Broadway, international, national and local entertainment to our stages
- Connecting more people to unexpected art experiences, like the iconic Bob Dylan mural and our art-in-underused spaces project, Made Here
- Enhancing our community offerings through education and access programs that bring arts and culture to more people
- Strengthening our partnerships with businesses, organizations, local leaders and others to bring more “wow” to your downtown experience
We are thankful for everyone who visits our theatres and supports our programs. We also invite you to explore more of what WeDo has to offer each time you visit.
Theaters in Minneapolis – Orchestras
Mission, Minnesota Opera changes lives by bringing together artists, audiences, and community, advancing the art of opera for today and for future generations.
Vision, Minnesota Opera will sing every story.
Values Innovation, Inclusivity, Collaboration, Purpose