New 300-Seat Theater Coming to Downtown Mpls.

A new performance space adjacent to City Center will be called "New Century Theatre," and performances might begin as early as September.

The Hennepin Theatre Trust reportedly plans to build new offices in downtown Minneapolis' City Center at the end of June and build an adjacent 300-seat theater.

According to the Star Tribune, the new performance space will be called “New Century Theatre” in homage to the Century Theatre-one of four historic theaters formerly located on the block of Hennepin Avenue and South Seventh Street. It opened in 1908, closed and reopened many times after, and then burned in 1964 and was bulldozed the next year.

Performances might begin as early as September, although sometime next fall might be a safer bet, Publicist Karen Nelson told the Minneapolis newspaper.

Shows there will be similar to what the Hennepin Theatre Trust offered at Hennepin Stages theater-like “Girls Only” and the “Don't Hug Me” franchise-along with some other programs and workshops.

The performance space will reportedly be on the ground floor at City Center, across from the big lobby on Sixth Street.

Nelson told the Star Tribune that the trust's plans for City Center and the adjacent space align with its mission to help revitalize Hennepin Avenue.

This spring, the City of Minneapolis sold the Hennepin Stages theater building-located at 824 Hennepin Avenue-to the Brave New Workshop for $725,000. Its comedy revues and creative outreach offerings, which include business entertainment and keynote speaking-are now being offered at the just-bought downtown building.