August 28, 2018

The premier lounge officially opens on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS–Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today the PNC ENCORE LOUNGE, located next to the historic Orpheum Theatre, will officially open its doors on Aug. 29 giving Investor Level ($1000) Donors (and above), corporate sponsors and partners a premier guest experience. Last October, the Trust announced it received funding support from PNC Bank to build a new space to host donors and events. The lounge will open at 6 p.m. before the first performance of Hamilton.

“This opportunity also allows us to directly engage with our donors and supporters in a new and personal manner,” said Mark Nerenhausen, president/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. “This is the first major arts sponsorship by PNC in the Twin Cities and its support helps the Trust achieve our mission to create positive change through the arts.”

The PNC Encore Lounge is a completely renovated space located on the first floor of 900 Hennepin and will be open 90 minutes before each performance, and during intermission, of the Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin series. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and exclusive benefits.

“The mission of Hennepin Theatre Trust aligns with our belief that a vibrant arts and cultural community benefits the region through tourism and economic impact,” said Kate Kelly, PNC regional president for the Twin Cities. “At PNC, we recognize that access to quality arts experiences enriches lives and builds stronger and more vibrant communities, which ultimately helps drive business and economic development.”

The opening of the PNC Encore Lounge coincides with the completion of a major renovation to all three floors of the 900 Hennepin building. The Trust purchased the building in 2016 and embarked on an ambitious project to restore its historical features and update the space to accommodate a wide variety of activities and events. It is currently home to the organization’s business offices and available for rental.

Built in 1921, the building has served as home to numerous tenants, including a telegraph and business college, barber shop, union headquarters, a place to receive vocal lessons (where the Andrew Sisters even took classes) and more. Its most recent tenant, Solera restaurant, occupied the space for more than a decade before closing its doors in 2014.

The Trust’s investment in this prime location along Hennepin Avenue allows the nonprofit organization to usher the historic space well into the future, providing businesses, organizations and individuals with a beautiful venue for weddings, corporate parties and meetings, live music and theatre events, and much more. It will also serve as a hub for arts and cultural events including workshops and performances hosted by the Trust’s flagship program, Spotlight Education, which engages more than 5,000 Minnesota high school students in the performing arts each year.

For more information about education and public art projects of the Trust, becoming a donor or corporate member, volunteer and partnership opportunities, or to purchase tickets, visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

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Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts. We serve the community through our three historic theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – and our unique arts, culture and education programs. All performances of the Broadway on Hennepin series are supported by Bank of America. All performances of the Living Legend series are supported by BMO Harris Bank. Spotlight Showcase is sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, Slumberland Furniture and Sun Country Airlines. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.