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The Capri renovation and expansion has been supported by hundreds of individuals and organizations, including the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the State of Minnesota Department of Economic Development, Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, Sunrise Banks and US Bank.
After nearly 10 years in the making, construction on the Capri Theater expansion and renovation in North Minneapolis has begun. To celebrate this milestone the Capri held a Groundbreaking Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 17, near the construction site at 2210 Oliver Avenue North in Minneapolis. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis 5th Ward Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, and District 2 Hennepin County Commissioner Irene Fernando offered brief remarks, among others.
The new Capri will feature a smartly renovated theater with new amenities, a Best Buy Teen Tech Center, a Great Hall performance and community space, classrooms, an outdoor plaza and more. The design blends and connects the old with the new; integrating enhancements to the current theater while creating a distinctive new structure wrapped around the west and south of the current building.
“We are thrilled to see the future taking shape,” said Anne Long, Executive Director of PCYC, “and this is really just the beginning. We are digging a foundation of possibilities and promise for our Northside community; students and educators; young people, families and friends, and emerging and established artists and audiences.”
“The Capri will continue to showcase the richness of this community,” added James Scott, Director of the Capri.
The Capri Capital Campaign is now at 93% of goal for contributions toward the $12.5 million project. Donations can be made at the event or online at thecapritheater.org.