After 18 months, Minneapolis Theater returns and downtown restaurants rejoice – WCCO


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – For the first time in 18 months, the curtains will rise again at two well-known Minneapolis theaters. While this is big news for the local art scene, it is also important for the surrounding businesses.

After being closed for over a year due to the pandemic, the Guthrie Theater is reopening its first season with a brand new play called “What the Constitution Means to Me”, and the next is the beloved “A Christmas Carol” going through the holidays.

It is the effervescence of novelty and the return of tradition that will once again attract so many people to the city center. And neighboring businesses are counting on it.

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The Guthrie has several restaurants nearby. And the Orpheum, which opens Thursday with the musical version of “Frozen,” has even more restaurants and bars along Hennepin Avenue that rely on the theater crowd. One of them is Gluek’s.

Before the pandemic, Gluek’s was open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Now they only open on days they know there is an event going on. Gluek’s is open to the theater public on Thursdays and weekends.

“When they have their parts… we’re always listening to it all,” said owner Lee Holcomb. “When they go out to see a play at night, they go out for dinner first, so we keep track of everything going on downtown.”

For those attending performances at the Guthrie or the Orpheum, masks are mandatory, along with proof of a vaccination card or a negative COVID test. Ticket information can be found here: Guthrie Theater and Orphée Theater.

“Frozen” lasts three weeks at the Orpheum.

Both theaters hope the new shows will increase revenue. Like many other theaters across the country, the Guthrie was closed for a year and a half as it tried to determine its next move. The shutdown resulted in layoffs and lost revenue of approximately $ 28 million.

What made this theater work is $ 7 million in combined federal loans and generous donations from the public, but in order for them to continue they say they need people to buy tickets to see their shows. shows.

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