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.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
A variety of beverages including wine, beer and soft drinks and light snacks including cookies, are available for purchase in the theatre. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the theatre (unless required because of a disability or medical requirement).
Our staff is committed to creating a safe and pleasant entertainment experience for all guests. Professional security personnel will be using metal-detecting wands and searching bags for prohibited items, so please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance.
All persons and bags will undergo electronic security screening at all entrances to the Theatre. For your own safety, sharp objects*, weapons and illegal contraband are not permitted into the venue.
The items listed below, and any additional items that the Theatre management determines could potentially distract from the audience’s safety and enjoyment, are prohibited items which will not be allowed inside the venue*. The Theatre reserves the right to eject or bar entry to patrons who have such prohibited items in their possession.
o BACKPACKS OR OVERSIZED BAGS*
o WEAPONS, INCLUDING POCKETKNIVES
o OUTSIDE FOOD/BEVERAGE, INCLUDING ALCOHOL/WATER*
o CAMERAS WITH EXTERNAL FLASH OR INTERCHANGEABLE LENSES
o RECORDING DEVICES (AUDIO/VIDEO)
o ILLEGAL DRUGS/SUBSTANCES
o CHEMICAL WEAPONS, INCLUDING MACE AND PEPPER SPRAY
o SELFIE STICKS
o LASER POINTERS/FLASHLIGHTS
o PETS (SERVICE ANIMALS EXEMPT)
o SIGNS/FLAGS/BANNERS/OPTICAL ILLUSIONS
o BEACH BALLS OR PROJECTILES
o FIREWORKS OR NOISE MAKING DEVICES
o SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS/ROLLER BLADES
*Exceptions will be made for those with disabilities, medical requirements and/or special needs. Guests with specific/special dietary needs due to disabilities, medical conditions or special needs should contact email us or call: 612.339.7007 prior to attending the event to arrange for reasonable accommodations.
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.