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“Great architecture, great views”
Review of Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater
Ranked #4 of 227 things to do in Minneapolis
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Owner description: THE GUTHRIE THEATER is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training, known for its dynamic productions of classic and contemporary plays. Open to the public year-round, this award-winning cultural destination houses three theaters, dramatic public spaces and distinctive dining. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie is located in the historic Mill District of Downtown Minneapolis and features a 175-foot cantilever bridge which overlooks the Mississippi River. When it opened in 2006 Time magazine called the building "a 21st century dream factory." Visit the Guthrie to see a show, grab a cup of coffee and explore the building, shop at the Guthrie Store, or to simply take in the extraordinary riverfront views. Backstage tours are Friday and Saturday mornings.
Reviewed 1 November 2012

I visited the Guthrie during a few spare hours between the end of a conference and my flight home. The theater lived up to the impressive pictures I had seen online. It was too bad I did not have the time or foresight to buy tickets for a show but I enjoyed viewing the building from outside, visiting the public areas inside, and viewing the surrounding city and nearby Mississippi from the theater itself.

The modern styling with the stark, dark exterior made for a dramatic contrast with the nearby defunct grain silos. The exterior was a shiny black or dark blue depending on how the light struck the building. Most striking was the unsupported protrusion extending from the front of the theater reaching out to the Mississippi but ending in mid-air like a bridge to nowhere. This cantilevered structure was the "Endless Bridge" The lobbies were interesting to visit but the main reason to explore the Guthrie is the opportunity to look out at the city and the river through the windows and especially from the "Endless Bridge"

It is truly an interesting structure. There are horizontal, narrow windows similar to slit windows in European castles; while the latter were means by which defenders could fire arrows down on attackers these slit windows force a focus on specific parts of surroundings. The windows are lined with mirrors which give an additional visual impact to the experience. Head outside to the tip of the "Endless Bridge" extending about 180 feet out and enjoy the panoramic view of the Mississippi River and the Stone Arch Bridge. You can take a long escalator from the Level One lobby on the first floor (on the 2nd Street side) which takes you to Level Four. The ramp up the "Endless Bridge" is almost right in front of you. Head up the ramp to the very end where you'll find a wall of blue-tinted windows. Exit here out onto the Jundt Terrace and enjoy the views. When you come back inside you can the ramp up to Level Five.

I did not have the opportunity to eat at the Guthrie but there is a cafe/lounge on Level Five and a restaurant, Sea Change, on the first floor right next to the gift shop.

Whether or not the play's the thing for you I strongly recommend you check out the Guthrie.

Thank ImmerWandern
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

We saw Appomatox on a Friday night. We attempted to get a pre-show dinner at the Cafe inside, but ended up sitting at the bar because they had no tables. The bar tender was knowledgable and our food was delivered quickly. It was very good (we had salads).

There is a lovely overlook outdoors featuring the Mississippi zriver. It's great for photo opportunities.

Inside the hallways and bathrooms are very dimly lit. It was sort of difficult to see. I was surprised as there were several seniors there.

The theatre itself was very red - from the chain mail curtains to the plush velvety seats, it was a sea of red. The seating was a little tight for broad shouldered men I was with.

The show had fantastic acting, costumes, sound design, lighting and scenery. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in how the play ended. After a three hour show on a very chilly night, I was surprised there weren't cabs waiting outside. The concierge was kind enough to call one for us.

I would recommends show here.

Thank SmokeyBlueTulle
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

This theater puts on great plays. We love to bring our children here for plays that are child oriented. They do an excellent job!

Thank Amy2012_12_12
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

The new Guthrie Theater is an incredible tour de force of architecture and homage to the performing arts. The performance areas are lovely for the audience, but equally lovely are the public access areas such as the walkway out over the Mississippi River. Even the placement of windows was carefully considered, to artfully frame the surrounding buildings for the viewer.

Even if you can't catch one of the amazing shows going on at the Guthrie, it's worth a tour of the public areas. The building itself is a museum piece of art!

Thank Galeda
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

I've attended many plays at the Guthrie, and all have been high quality productions. The new theatre is also an interesting building, and the view of the Mississippi River is fabulous--you can even go outside on the large balcony! I'm hoping to go again next month!

Thank SJS201158
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