Our Theatres

Today, Hennepin Theatre Trust owns and programs some of the finest historic theaters in the Midwest. And most of them barely survived the 20th century.

At one time, Hennepin Avenue was known as “Theatre Row.” As many as 30 show houses devoted to the performing arts lined the boulevard — among them, the State Theatre (1921), the Orpheum Theatre (1921) and the Pantages Theatre (1916).

Today, Hennepin Theatre Trust owns these three surviving venues from that era. Each extraordinary building has been painstakingly restored to reflect the style of its original construction and updated for modern audiences.

Established in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Trust was created to guarantee the future of the State, Orpheum and Pantages theatres in downtown Minneapolis. In 2005, the City of Minneapolis officially transferred ownership of these three theaters to the Trust.

State Theatre

The State Theatre opened in 1921 and was then considered the most technologically advanced and elaborate theatre in the United States.

Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre, originally known as the Hennepin, opened in 1921 and was billed as the largest vaudeville house in the country at the time.

Pantages Theatre

The Pantages Theatre opened in 1916 as a vaudeville house and part of Greek immigrant Alexander Pantages’ renowned consortia of theatres.