Minneapolis' theaters are only second per capita to New York City. So many theaters and so little time........

The main theaters located downtown include the Orpheum Theater, the State Theater, the Pantages Theater, Hennepin Stages and the Guthrie Theater. The Children's Theatre Company is near downtown on 3rd Ave. S. Plus there are many more smaller local theaters and stages. The Minnesota Fringe Festival, the largest such event in the country, happens every summer on dozens of stages across the Minneapolis Saint Paul area.

Many of the larger stages have been a host to a popular Broadway shows and major musical acts. Minneapolis has also been used as a testing ground for Broadway shows before they’ve even been to Broadway – both Lion King and Sweet Charity were headliners first in Minneapolis before making their Broadway debuts.

The Guthrie Theater moved from it's original spot next to the Walker Art Center to its new location on the banks of the Mississippi and had a grand opening on June 25, 2006. It is well known for its "thrust stage" and also has a procenium theater and black box stage.

All of these theaters, with the exception of the Guthrie (which is in the Riverfront District), are located downtown Minneapolis on Hennepin Avenue. All are within walking distance to fine dining and parking. The Guthrie Theater is also located downtown Minneapolis, but on the banks of the Mississippi with a cantilevered "Endless Bridge" that extends out over the parkway along the river for an amazing view.

Most of the independent theatres handle their own ticketing, with Ticketmaster picking up the rest of the shows.