In 1996, current Hennepin Theatre Trust President/CEO Tom Hoch and former Historic Theatre Group President Fred Krohn initiated a five-year effort to save and restore the Pantages Theatre. During the renovation, architectural drawings were found and used to restore much of the theatre’s decorative plasterwork and character. The stained-glass “monitor,” a false skylight in the center of the auditorium’s ceiling, was revealed after layers of paint were removed. In cooperation with the City of Minneapolis, on November 7, 2002 the completely renovated Pantages re-opened at a cost of $9.5 million. Since then, the intimate Pantages has presented music, theatre and dance artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vince Gill, Feist, Todd Rundgren, The Blenders and collaborative productions with Twin Cities’ organizations including the Jungle Theater, the History Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Cantus and Theater Latté Da. Hennepin Theatre Trust is now the owner and operator of this magnificent structure.
Other notesHandicap AccessibleYesHearing AssistanceYesCapacity1014
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 Pantages 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.