The Pantages Theatre is located on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. It is named after Greek immigrant Alexander Pantages and was opened on October 27, 1916. It was the 26th theater opened by Alexander Pantages. He would go on to open a total of 500 Pantages theatres nationwide. Pantages Theatre Tickets are a hot sell.
The original Pantages Theatre Minneapolis was a Beaux-Art twelve-story complex, but was later scaled back to a two-story Art Moderne façade with a Beaux Art interior. The Pantages building cost about $15,000 to construct. It is supposed that the Pantages Theatre had the first air-conditioning system in Minneapolis, which was done by ice cooling the air.
In 1922, the Pantages Theatre added a glass come above the auditorium to add architectural flare to the building. In 1945, Pantages was renovated again with a scaled back seating capacity of 1400. From 1984 to 1998, the Pantages Theatre was out of commission. In 1998, the Pantages Theatre was added to the Minneapolis Hennepin Theatre Trust and was restored. It reopened on November 8, 2002.
Today, the Pantages Theatre seating accomodates just fewer than 1,000 people, giving it an intimate atmosphere for shows or concerts. The theatre shows on the Pantages schedule make up the bulk of Pantages events. They are primarily off-Broadway productions. But there are many good Pantages concerts as well. Up and coming acts prefer to play on the Pantages Theatre schedule because of the lower seating capacity compared to the Orpheum Theatre. Events at the Pantages sell out quick because of the low seating capacity and prime downtown location, so get Pantages Theatre tickets now.