Uptown’s Suburban World Theatre might be reborn as a concert venue/event space

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On Tuesday, plans were unveiled for the historic theater’s new life as a concert venue and event space. Minneapolis-based Interstate Parking Co. is finalizing a deal to purchase the property at 3022 Hennepin Ave., the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports.

Interstate is proposing a full redesign of the Spanish Revival-style theater from 1927. Among the improvements outlined by Minneapolis’ DJR Architecture: Restoring the vintage plaster walls and skyscape ceiling; replacing the floor; adding a new bar, kitchen, and bathrooms; and spiffing up the lobby and exterior. Here’s a sneak peek, courtesy of DJR:

The newly remodeled Suburban would utilize a floor plan that’s able to shift between events and concerts. Its live-music capacity would be between 450 and 600, the Biz Journal reports, placing it somewhere between St. Paul’s Amsterdam Bar & Hall (400) and West Bank’s Cedar Cultural Center (625). Down the block, the ol’ Uptown Bar — site of wild concerts by the Replacements and Nirvana in the ’80s and ’90s — became an Apple Store (and a perfect metaphor for Uptown) in 2010.

Interstate’s Suburban project requires approval from Minneapolis’ Heritage Preservation Commission, which is set to address it next week. If it’s green-lit, the freshly renovated Suburban could reopen by next spring or summer, the Biz Journal reports. 

The building’s current owner, Florida company Elion Partners, acquired it for $750,000 in 2014, according to county records. 

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