Photos courtesy Hennepin Theatre Trust

Hennepin Theatre Trust opens new lounges in time for ‘Hamilton’

Updated: September 5, 2018 - 9:08 am

Jack Link’s Legends Lounge is a pre-show gathering spot with drinks, snacks

“Hamilton” patrons will get their shot to wait for the hit musical in new lounges next door to the Orpheum Theatre.

The Hennepin Theatre Trust opened the Jack Link’s Legend Lounge and PNC Encore Lounge the evening of the Broadway musical’s first show. The nonprofit designed the renovated rooms, which open 90 minutes before select performances, as pre-show destinations.

The Jack Link’s Legend Lounge, which is also open to guests during intermission, serves bites and cocktails inspired by the Wisconsin-based meat snack company.

“We’re grateful to Jack Link’s for their support of this distinctive new public space on Hennepin Avenue. Together, we’ve created a brand new experience for theatre-goers and their guests when attending shows,” said Mark Nerenhausen, the trust’s president and CEO, in a statement.

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The PNC Encore Lounge is a premier space for Hennepin Theatre Trust donors and corporate sponsors with complimentary beverages and other benefits.

The lounges are located on the ground floor of 900 Hennepin, the former Solera building at 9th & Hennepin that the trust purchased in 2016 for its offices. The organization is in the midst of renovating the 1921 building into new uses.

The new spaces offer a full bar with beer, wine and cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for the trust’s Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin series. The organization may partner with local breweries and distilleries for special events and free tastings in the future.

Next door, the Orpheum will see performances of actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” through Oct. 7. The lounges will open at 6 p.m. before the performance.

Photos courtesy Hennepin Theatre Trust
Photos courtesy Hennepin Theatre Trust