Capri Theatre

2027 W. Broadway,
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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Capri Theatre

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Originally opened as the Paradise Theatre, it is located on Broadway in north Minneapolis. It has been “re-purposed” and now operates as a dance studio.

Contributed by Jeff Redman

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Edna
Edna on September 11, 2005 at 6:49 pm

The first time I went to The Capri about a month ago, I was amzed that we’d not noticed it before. I’d performed with my dance group “The Enfinity Dancers” at the Peace Games Showcase. Now I am excited to be offered the opportunity to have Universal Dance Destiny classes there. This area is easy to get to & has a large number of our youth searching for dance activities to be part of. Feel free to join my classes on Sundays starting at 1:15PM. Check the site for more detail. Peace to all! www.universaldancedestiny.com

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 16, 2006 at 4:43 pm

Here is a 1955 photo. It doesn’t look like much changed in 17 years:
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mplskdr
mplskdr on March 30, 2007 at 9:39 am

Thanks to the University of Minnesota’s Northwest Architectural Archives, we are able to piece together more details about the history of the Capri Theater. Among the papers of the Liebenberg and Kaplan collection: the 1925 ink on linen blueprints for the “Herman Jeub Store & Theater Building, Oliver & West Broadway.”

Eleven linen sheets (20” by 24”) outline the plans for this building created by Henry Orth and Charles Buechner … architects who in the 1920s designed a number of theater, retail and government buildings in the Upper Midwest.

In 1932 the theater was remodeled by Jack Liebenberg, Liebenberg and Kaplan, Architects, and Liebenberg designed the marquee for the Paradise Theater. The giant sheet metal marquee on West Broadway was designed to have 837 light bulbs … 21,700 watts total! The letters spelling out the name Paradise used 101 of those bulbs.

The theater has more than 500 seats, and in one variation of the plan second floor offices were to be removed to accommodate a balcony with more than 100 seats. The restrooms were also upstairs, with a larger “powder room” for the ladies.

The next major renovation occurred in 1965 … when Liebenberg & Kaplan moved the lobby to the corner of the building at Oliver and West Broadway. There are many sketches of marquees with an updated “Paradise” sign … and among those sketches is one with the name “Capri” as it currently exists on the marquee. It appears that the name was changed during the process to move the marquee to its new location on the building.

The retail space was removed from the first floor, and the lobby was expanded … including a large concession area, mirrored walls and a large light fixture hanging from the lobby ceiling. Inside the theater the orchestra pit was filled in, and the final seating configuration settled at 507 seats.

The next major renovation of the Capri was in 1993 … when PCYC transformed the building into the “Capri Arts & Learning Center.” Jafvert, Mueller Architects, Inc., modified the second floor for use as classrooms, including the balcony. The main floor of the theater was also reduced in size to accommodate a dance room. At this time the windows on the second floor were replaced. The windows on the first floor were replaced in 2006.

mplskdr
mplskdr on March 30, 2007 at 9:45 am

I recently became the “Director of Capri Theater Development” … hired by the Plymouth Christian Youth Center, owner of the Capri. As we begin planning for a major renovation of the Capri, we are seeking photos of the theater, inside and out. We have only two photos in our possession of the theater prior to 1980. You can contact me at Thank you! -Karl

KNWEJE
KNWEJE on April 11, 2007 at 9:50 am

As a producing, performing, and teaching artist and proud affiliate of the Plymouth Christian Youth Center, I view the Capri as a valued venue for connecting community-based, youth-oriented artists and organizations with the community at large. It has also enabled the artists in our organization, IZORA Productions, to connect with like-minded artists and organizations. Please join us at the Capri on Friday, May 11 and on Saturday, May 12, 2007 (8 pm) for our upcoming arts event, BlackArtsFusion. For more information on the event and on classes, please visit us at www.realartistry.com

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 23, 2007 at 10:41 am

This photo is supposed to be from 1930.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm

From the Capri Theater website, “….the plans for this building created by Henry Orth and Charles Buechner … architects who in the 1920s designed a number of theater, retail and government buildings in the Upper Midwest”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 13, 2009 at 8:51 am

Seating capacity is 250 according to the Capri website. The theater is used for music, spoken word, theater, movies, dance, community forums and more.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Chuck….In the 1955 photo there is a drugstore on the corner where the current theater entrance is. From the Capri website: “The next major renovation occurred in 1965 … when Liebenberg & Kaplan moved the lobby to the corner of the building at Oliver and West Broadway”.

The reason for the seat reduction: “The main floor of the theater was also reduced in size to accommodate a dance room. At this time the windows on the second floor were replaced. The windows on the first floor were replaced in 2006”.

Cinema Treasures is mentioned on the Capri website: “One posting on cinematreasures.org claims that the Paradise’s ceiling “was a sky with twinkling stars and clouds. Castle battlements line the top of the walls.” This would be much like another theater Liebenberg designed in Uptown Minneapolis: the now closed Suburban World Theater”.

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