In 1988, the Minneapolis Community Development Agency purchased the Orpheum from singer Bob Dylan and his brother, David Zimmerman, who owned the theatre. Restoration began in 1993 and, to accommodate elaborate Broadway productions, the Orpheum stage was extended almost 20 feet, with the back wall of the theatre painstakingly removed brick by brick. Unexpected architectural discoveries made during the renovation of the lobby included six Pompeiian friezes previously hidden under velour curtains, fake window grids and a false wall. The chandelier in the main auditorium is the theatre centerpiece. It is 15 feet high and weighs 2,000 pounds. Following a $10 million restoration, the Orpheum re-opened in December 1993 with a concert by Heart and in January 1994 with the Broadway production of Miss Saigon. Productions that have originated at the Orpheum include Victor/Victoria, the pre-Broadway world premiere of Disney’s The Lion King and the national tour premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Hennepin Theatre Trust is now the owner and operator of this magnificent structure.
Other notesHandicap AccessibleYesHearing AssistanceYesCapacity2650
All theatres offer accessible seating in various areas depending on ticket prices. Tickets for these sections are not available to the general public but will be released for sale when no two adjacent seats are available in the given price level. Seating is provided on a flat, level area that has padded armchairs which may be removed when access by a wheelchair is required. Each guest who requires accessible seating may purchase up to 3 adjacent seats for companions, subject to availability. Additional party members will be seated nearby or in other seating. Special consideration will be given to families for children's productions.
The Orpheum offers accessible seating in both main floor and balcony seating areas. Accessible seats in the balcony of the Orpheum do not require any stairs as they can be accessed by elevator. All wheelchair accessible areas are located on the main floor of the State Theatre as there is no elevator.
Audio Description (AD) services are available by request for any event for our visually impaired guests. Actions on the stage are described by a qualified describer who uses a microphone and a wireless unit that is transmitted to a small device used by the guest to hear. Guests who would like to request this service are asked to allow at least two weeks advance notice to secure a describer. To order tickets to a currently scheduled Audio Described event, or to request an event be Audio Described, please contact the Box Office by email or by calling 612.339.7007.