Placeography:Featured place/2017-05

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Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota

This Moderne-style theater is notable for its striated walls of Mankato-Kasota stone, glass-block windows and tower. Built on the site of the 1909 Royal Theater (later Seventh Ward Theater/Rosebud Theater and Reno Theater). In 1924 Architects Ekman and Holm remodeled the theater and renamed it The Avalon. In 1937 architect Perry E. Crosier expanded that building and wrapped it with a new facade and added large corner tower with long strips of neon lights. In 1955 the theater became the Fine Arts Theater. From 1982 until 1985 it was an adult movie theater. In 1988 In the Heart of the Beast puppet and mask theater moved into the building. They create and perform large scale puppet performances. They are very active in the community and “employ” many volunteers and school children. The highlight of their year is the annual May Day parade held on the first Sunday in May in Minneapolis.

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