Experience History

A City Landmark

Located on the south end of Downtown Minneapolis, this newly renovated 437 seat historic landmark theatre has been a home for local, national, and international entertainment since 1920. Originally opening under the name "The Loring Theatre", this turn of the century theatre was originally constructed as one of the nation's premier silent film venues. The was constructed in under 11 months in 1920 and was built with the finest materials at the time, including a large marble floor lobby and grand staircases. It was known locally as "The Marble Palace" by residents who enjoyed films for just a few cents.

During the 1930's the Loring expanded to include a variety of "talkies" films, as sound was added to the first motion pictures. With the television becoming a household item and the Minneapolis streetcar system being overtaken by the new bus tycoon, The Loring officially closed as a public movie theatre in 1952. It was purchased by private owners to start a new church under the leadership of Rev. Russel Olson and Paul Olson named the Minneapolis Evangelistic Auditorium, and later, Evangel Temple until 1982.

Significant renovations were completed in the 1980's under the Cricket Theatre Company, when the name was changed to The Music Box Theatre. Throughout the 1990's the Music Box hosted the highly-caffeinated comedy Triple Espresso for nearly two decades. In 2016 the Music Box Theatre was purchased by Wooddale Church who has invested in restoring the historic property to preserve and enhance the legacy of the theatre and its impact in Minneapolis.

Getting Here

The Music Box theatre is conveniently located in downtown Minneapolis at the intersection of 14th St. and Nicollet Ave.

We do not have dedicated or reserved parking at the Music Box Theatre. If you are driving to an event, parking can be found along the street at Minneapolis paid meters, including a larger metered lot at 15th St. and Nicollet Ave. There are paystations nearby, or download the MPLS City Parking App. The nearest covered parking ramp is at the Loring Hyatt Ramp, just a block away from the theatre.

There is a dedicated drop-off zone right in front of the theatre for handicapped and Metro Mobility. Minneapolis disability parking regulations for metered spaces can be found here.

Buses 17, 18, 10, 11, 30 all run direct to our theatre. We encourage biking because it is fun and good for our city! There are several bike racks nearby at the Hyatt and sign posts outside the theatre.

There are also many family-friendy restaurants within walking distance on Eat-Street.

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Then and Now

This theatre is owned and operated by Wooddale Church, and is located near the Minneapolis Convention Center. Wooddale Loring Park has a variety of community development programs and ministries that seek to bring hope to our community.

About Wooddale

Get In Touch

Event and Rental Information:

Trent Palmberg

Managing Director


General Information:

Phone: (612) 712-5234


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