Celebrating 100 years of excitement at the heart of downtown Minneapolis

Hennepin Theatre Trust's Centennial logo

Buildings along Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue have served as a backdrop to 100 years of experiences at the heart of downtown. The Hennepin Theatre District has been the stage for celebrating life and art with Broadway shows, musical acts and comedians on its stages and dancing, eating, drinking and celebrating in its restaurants, bars and clubs. Many businesses have called the area home for generations. It has also been the center of numerous civil rights movements, incredible human advancement and has provided a place to gather for public reckoning, observance and healing.

To honor the centennial, Hennepin Theatre Trust is kicking off a yearlong celebration for the Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres, along with The Hennepin event center and 824 Hennepin, home to the Brave New Workshop comedy theatre.

The celebration honors the history of the Hennepin Theatre District and looks ahead to what the future holds for the arts, the Trust and downtown neighbors.


Our venues

Our venues are your venues. The historic Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres and The Hennepin event center are anchors of the Historic Theatre District — a vibrant, 10-square-block area in downtown Minneapolis, from 5th to 10th streets on Hennepin Avenue.

Upcoming events

Visitors to The Hennepin, an arts and cultural event center, can look forward to experiencing exhibits and events that celebrate the history of the Hennepin Theatre District. Our series of exhibits will explore how the historic buildings are centered at the heart of the avenue, from characters that have come through them, to social movements, to the acts and artists who graced the stage, to the businesses and community that have changed around and with them.

Our first Heart of Hennepin exhibit, Historic Lounges, is currently on display in the Jack Link’s Legends Lounge at The Hennepin event center.

Additional event information will follow so please check back frequently!

Below is a list of current upcoming events in the Orpheum, State, Pantages and Dudley Riggs theatres, including shows presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust as well as promoters who have rented our theatres.
Learn more about how to rent our theatres and our rental policy.

Gallery Exhibit

The Lion King

Now through April 30

“The Lion King put the Orpheum in the pantheon of Broadway history. The Lion King continues running on Broadway to this day and maintains touring shows all over the world.” – Fred Krohn, former President and CEO of Historic Theatre…

Gallery Exhibit

Wish Art 2024

Now through April 7

Wish Art represents a meaningful collaboration between a local artist and a Make-A-Wish® kid in their community. Together, these artistic duos create pieces across various mediums, capturing the artist’s distinctive style while drawing inspiration from the Wish kid’s experiences, personality…