Sunday, October 16, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 16

October 16, 1921 – Today’s Orpheum Theater downtown Minneapolis originally opened at noon on this date as The Hennepin Theater with the four Marx Brothers as a headlining act on opening day.

Marx Brothers1

In 1988, the Orpheum was sold by Bob Dylan (who owned it from 1979-1988) to the City of Minneapolis; it was renovated and reopened in 1993. In 2005, the city transferred ownership of its theaters to the Hennepin Theatre Trust.2

Orpheum Theater3

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Two Headline Acts on First Bill at Hennepin Theater. New Playhouse Opens Doors at Noon Today—Big Attractions Coming.”; October 16, 1921; p. 6.




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