Minneapolis Auditorium, 1301 2nd Avenue S., Minneapolis, Minnesota (Razed)

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Minneapolis Auditorium

Minneapolis Auditorium in 1966
Exhibitors in Minneapolis Auditorium in 1965
Address: 1301 2nd Avenue S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1927
Year razed: 1988-1989
Historic Function: Auditorium/music facility

Minneapolis Hennepin

Minneapolis Auditorium, 1301 2nd Avenue S., Minneapolis, Minnesota (Razed)
(44.970306° N, 93.273338° WLatitude: 44°58′13.102″N
Longitude: 93°16′24.017″W

An auditorium space for entertainment, conventions and political rallies.



The first incarnation of the Minneapolis Auditorium was built in February 1905 at the corner of 11th Street and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis, but this space was soon converted to the Lyceum Theater.

The more familiar Minneapolis Auditorium space at 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis was finished June 1, 1927. In August 1964, the space was renamed the Minneapolis Auditorium and Convention Center when a Convention Hall addition was built.

This public assembly space hosted circuses, sports shows, conventions and political rallies. In the 1960s, the 10,000 seat venue was also a popular concert venue and hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry in 1968.

Some significant 1968 performances at the Minneapolis Auditorium:

  • Tony Bennett – April 28
  • Aretha Franklin – July 19
  • Simon and Garfunkel – August 20
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – November 2
  • The Doors – November 10

In 1972, the auditorium manager began refusing to hold concerts by some hard-rock groups, such as Alice Cooper and Jefferson Airplane, after an incident at the St. Paul Civic Center where windows were smashed after a Black Sabbath concert.

The auditorium was later demolished in the late 1980s to make way for a new Minneapolis Convention Center.


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1968 tour of the Twin Cities

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  1. http://www.1968exhibit.org
  2. http://www.mnhs.org/index.htm
  3. Zahn, Thomas R. The Minneapolis Auditorium and Convention Center: a history. Minneapolis: City of Minneapolis, 1987. Print.
  4. http://www.jeanneandersen.net/musichighlights.html
  5. http://www.mndaily.com
  6. http://collections.mnhs.org/visualresources/
    Personal tools
    [http://discussions.mnhs.org/HP/oneonone.cfm snubnosed]