Minneapolis’ historic Capri Theater reopens after $ 12.5 million renovation – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The historic Capri Theater in northern Minneapolis is once again open to the public. It closed two years ago to start expanding and improving the facility.
Built in 1927, the Capri is the last of 13 theaters that once graced northern Minneapolis. The performing arts space was eventually purchased by the Plymouth Christian Youth Center.
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The newly renovated 35,000-foot building features all-new cutting-edge technology in its Best Buy Teen Tech Center and Student Lounge.
Broadway’s new rehearsal room is designed with great ambiance and natural light. The floor is sized to the dimensions of the Capri stage and has a fully suspended dance floor.
The Capri Theater now has new seating, lighting and sound. The architects kept the original stage floor where Prince gave his first concert as a solo artist in 1979. The theater can seat 256 people.
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The Paradise Community Hall and Lobby is a multi-purpose black box space. The space can be used for a fashion show, party, theater production, community meeting and more.
Eleven-year-old Ayla Porter uses Capri and said the grand opening comes at a time when it’s needed most.
âIt’s so modern and it’s like amazing,â Porter said. âIt’s a way to make connections, friends, family, and a way to express yourself if you can’t just by talking. “
Plymouth Christian Youth Center general manager Christopher Campbell said the $ 12.5 million renovation will meet the growing need for performing arts in the community.
âAllow the people of northern Minneapolis to come here and speak the truth and show their talents. If they need a space to do it, we provide a space for them, âCampbell said.
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Due to COVID-19, masks are mandatory indoors. All guests will need proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result taken within 72 hours before attending an event.