State of the Arts Blog

Plans for the Shubert leap forward, finally

Remember back in 1999 when construction workers moved the old Shubert theater several blocks through downtown Minneapolis in order to save the building from demolition?

After ten years of lobbying and fundraising, last night the folks behind the Shubert Theater got the last $2 million they need to renovate the building. They plan to renovate it into the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center.

So what I want to know is, why did it take so long to fund the project, when the community was willing to go to such extreme lengths to save the building?