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.
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