Pantages Theater reopens Friday

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October 22, 2002 // UPDATED 1:32 pm - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

After extensive renovation, the Historic Pantages Theatre, North 7th Street & Hennepin Avenue, will reopen Friday, Nov. 8, with a three-day engagement by pianist Jim Brickman.

Built in 1916, The Pantages originally housed vaudeville, then converted into a movie theater in the late 1920s. The Pantages showed its last movie in 1984 and has since sat vacant. The name comes from Alexander Pantages, a Greek immigrant who founded vaudeville theaters throughout the United States and Canada in the early 20th century.

In 1999, the Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA) bought the theater and began renovating it to replicate the style in which the theater was originally built and to upgrade and modernize the theater structure.

According to the MCDA's George Kissinger, the Pantages will be home to off-Broadway performances and concerts.