When the Capri closed its building in May 2019 to embark on expanding and improving the historic space, it marked the occasion with six days of entertainment and art. That proved so much fun that a couple extra days of joy have been added to this year’s grand opening schedule!
The Capri’s Grand Opening week has been dubbed GO!, eight days of celebration to re-introduce the wonderful, welcoming theater and community gathering place at 2027 W. Broadway in North Minneapolis to the public. The inaugural event will be a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 3 on the Capri’s outdoor plaza. The fun officially kicks off at noon and goes to 5 p.m. with self-guided tours, free music on the plaza, food trucks and other creative activities. (note: this sentence comes out for the paper but can be posted online tonight or tomorrow.)
The entertainment features a mix of free and ticketed events:
- 7 p.m., Monday, October 4: The Capri Big Band in Concert (Free) - NEW
- 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 5: Capri Glee! Choir in Concert (Free)
- 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 6: #MPLS in Concert ($20; tickets at thecapri.ticketworks.com)
- 7 p.m., Thursday, October 7: First Thursday Films @ the Capri: Summer of Soul presented by the MSP Film Society in partnership with the Capri (Free; register at thecapri.org) - NEW
- 7 p.m., Friday, October 8: SPCO Chamber Music Concert (Free; register at thecapri.org)
- 7 p.m., Saturday October 9: Legends @ the Capri, The Big Swang Theory ($25; tickets at thecapri.ticketworks.com)
- 3 p.m., Sunday, October 10: Legends @ the Capri, The Big Swang Theory ($25; tickets at thecapri.ticketworks.com)
“We are so excited to welcome people back into the theater,” said James Scott, Director of the Capri. “The Grand Opening comes at a time when the community needs a space to reconnect, reminisce, and rebuild after all the events of the last two years. The Capri holds great meaning and hope for this community, and we are honored to serve as a welcoming place for all.”
Built in 1927, the Capri is the last of 13 theaters that once graced the Northside of Minneapolis. Improvements include new auditorium seats, more space in the lobby and backstage, the new Paradise Community Hall and a Best Buy Teen Tech Center, among many other remarkable new amenities. Architects retained the intimate feel of the theater and the original stage floor on which Prince performed his first gig as a solo artist. The gallery of treasured Prince photos by Greg Helgeson is still on display as well.
The space was designed to provide the Northside and metro-wide community with countless opportunities to experience and produce art, to create and implement ideas and to be together.