Sunday, October 17, 2021

Capri Theater reopens with seven consecutive days of concerts and film

Now that its $12.5 million renovation is complete, the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis reopened on October 3, followed by a full week of events in the space, which was the first to host a solo Prince concert in 1979. Known for being the first stage for

The opening ceremony begins on October 3 at 11:45 a.m. with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Capri’s outdoor plaza. From noon to 5 p.m., the venue will be open for self-guided tours and there will be free music, food trucks, and other creative activities at the plaza.

From there, the next seven days include a variety of musical performances and an evening of film. Unless otherwise noted, events begin at 7 p.m. and are free. For ticketed events, visit thecapri.ticketworks.com:

  • October 4: The Capri Big Band.
  • October 5: Capri Glee! Choirs.
  • October 6: #MPLS ($20).
  • October 7: First Thursday Films @ The Capri: “Summer of Soul” (free, register at thecapri.org).
  • October 8: St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra (free, register at thecapri.org).
  • October 9: Legends @ The Capri, The Big Farce Theory ($25).
  • 3 p.m. October 10: Legends @ The Capri, The Big Farce Theory ($25).
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Built in 1927, Capri is the last of the 13 theaters that once graced the Northside. Improvements include new auditorium seats, increased space in the lobby and backstage, new Paradise Community Hall and the Best Buy Teen Tech Center, which allows students to edit films, record music, and explore 3-D printing .

The architects retained the intimate feel of the theater and the original stage floor. A gallery of Prince photographs by Greg Helgeson is also on display.

“We are very excited to welcome people back to the theatre,” Capri director James Scott said in a news release. “Capri holds great meaning and hope for this community, and we are honored to serve as a welcoming place for all.”

Capri is owned and operated by PCYC, a community-based nonprofit with a 67-year history of providing education, arts, and youth programming to children, families, and the North Minneapolis community.

Masks are required at all indoor events. Starting October 4, Capri will require a full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative test within 72 hours of participating in an event.

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