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Preserve MinneapolisThursday, October 19th, 2017 at 5:20am
It's time for an especially artistic edition of Where Are We Wednesday! Add your guess below and stay tuned to our account for a reveal later this week ☺️
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Preserve MinneapolisSaturday, October 14th, 2017 at 5:17am
Where were we Wednesday? The State Theatre! 🎭🎥
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The State Theatre opened in 1921. One Minneapolis newspaper columnist described it as “a gilded pleasure palace, dedicated to the Hollywood dreams that captured America’s heart in the roaring ’20s.”
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It was designed by Chicago architect J.E.O. Pridmore in a free Italian Renaissance style and boasted the first well-driven air conditioning system in Minneapolis. The original stage floor was glass, lit from underneath to create stunning visual effects. A Wurlitzer pipe organ was installed in 1925.The State’s neon marquee was installed in the ’40s and runs the entire width of the theatre.
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The movie screen was the largest screen west of the Mississippi River at the time and designed so every person had a perfect view of the film.
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In 1978, the theatre was purchased by the Jesus People Church and served as their place of worship. The church covered the murals and sculpted figures with drapes and plaster shields, which were removed during the renovation process.
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The Minneapolis Community Development Agency purchased the LaSalle Plaza block in 1989, including the State, as part of the LaSalle Plaza development.
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After nearly two years of renovation at a cost of $8.8 million, the State Theatre re-opened in November of 1991 with the Minnesota Opera’s production of Carousel. The restored proscenium spans almost the full width of the building and curves 100 feet above the stage. The six chandeliers in the house are original, as are the murals on the walls.
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Since the re-opening in 1991, the State has hosted live Broadway touring productions such as Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and films including the world premiere of the Minnesota-based movie, “Grumpy Old Men.” Hennepin Theatre Trust is now the owner and operator of this magnificent structure.
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The State Theatre offers tours of its facility for $5. You can inquire at the box office.
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Text and images in this post have been borrowed from the Hennepin Theatre Trust's website and adapted for length and clarity.
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#mpls #minneapolis #preservempls #WhereWereWeWednesday #thisplacematters #historictheaters @ State Theatre (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
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Preserve MinneapolisThursday, October 12th, 2017 at 9:38am
Wednesday. Where are we, Minneapolis? Any guesses? #WhereAreWeWednesday
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Preserve MinneapolisWednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 1:33am
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