The Minneapolis Community Development Agency purchased the LaSalle Plaza block in 1989, including the State, as part of the LaSalle Plaza development. After nearly two years of renovation at a cost of $8.8 million, the State Theatre re-opened in November of 1991 with the Minnesota Opera’s production of Carousel. The restored proscenium spans almost the full width of the building and curves 100 feet above the stage. The six chandeliers in the house are original, as are the murals on the walls. Since the re-opening in 1991, the State has hosted live Broadway touring productions such as Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, concerts featuring Patti Smith and Gordon Lightfoot, author and adventure speaker series and films including the world premiere of the Minnesota-based movie, "Grumpy Old Men." Hennepin Theatre Trust is now the owner and operator of this magnificent structure.
Other notesHandicap AccessibleYesHearing AssistanceYesCapacity2122
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.
Due to the fact that there is no elevator at the State Theatre, patrons with mobility restrictions, including walking up or down stairs, should purchase tickets on the main floor.
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.