Capri Theatre

2027 W. Broadway,
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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KNWEJE
KNWEJE on April 11, 2007 at 5:50 pm

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

mplskdr
mplskdr on March 30, 2007 at 5:45 pm

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

mplskdr
mplskdr on March 30, 2007 at 5:39 pm

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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 17, 2006 at 12:43 am

Here is a 1955 photo. It doesn’t look like much changed in 17 years:
http://tinyurl.com/pupns

Edna
Edna on September 12, 2005 at 2:49 am

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

Sean Ryan
Sean Ryan on April 8, 2005 at 8:21 pm

The Capri (Paradise) in 1938-

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marvingreeen
marvingreeen on February 13, 2005 at 6:58 am

I saw the movie “Enter the Dragon” there when I was about 7 years old. That was around 1972 or 73. I think I also saw a Godzilla movie there about the same time as well, but that was a long time ago.

Jesse Hoheisel
Jesse Hoheisel on January 7, 2005 at 2:56 pm

I have a picture of the Capri if anyone is interested. Gosh, when will “add a photo” return, anyway? It’s been over a year!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 6, 2005 at 6:28 pm

The street address of the Paradise/Capri Theatre is 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, MN.

It opened in 1931 and closed in the 1960’s. The Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 gives a seating capacity of 807.

jackkmn
jackkmn on November 19, 2004 at 6:34 pm

The Capri was The Paradise Theater. The entrance/marquee faced Broadway. It was one of three theaters on Broadway between the Mississippi and Robbinsdale.
The lobby was very small. It was a small theater with a balcony.
The ceiling was a sky with twinkling stars and clouds. Castle battlements lined the top of the walls.
Saturday matinees were 9 cents and included a double feature, a short, a serial, such as ‘Don Winslow of the Navy’, and a number of cartoons. The huge Terrace Theater, now closed itself, opened in nearby Robbinsdale in 1951.