Capri Theater

2027 West Broadway Avenue

Where Prince debuts as a national recording artist

Built in 1927 as the Paradise Movie Theater, this longstanding institution on Minneapolis’s North side became the Capri Theater after renovations in 1967.

Prince chose this location as the venue for his debut as a national recording artist. He had signed with Warner Bros. in 1977 and released his first album For You in 1978. He chose this location over venues in New York City and Los Angeles to boost the profile of the theater. A new owner was working to make it into a supporting space for emerging artists in Prince's childhood neighborhood.

Prince was introduced by a local DJ as “the next Stevie Wonder"; his performances on January 5 and 6, 1979 captivated audiences. The Minneapolis Star’s music critic Jon Bream, dubbed him an “extraordinary talent” and predicted “a royal future for Prince.” The theater’s interior, renovated in 1993 and again in 2018, continues to host performances.

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Ticket to Prince's first concert as a Warner Bros. recording artist, 1979

Ticket to Prince's first concert as a Warner Bros. recording artist, 1979

Ticket to Prince's first concert as a Warner Bros. recording artist, 1979. For his first show as a national recording artist, Prince chose the Capri Theater in his childhood neighborhood over venues in New York City and Los Angeles. | Source: Photo credit: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN. View File Details Page

Phyllis Wheatley Settlement House, North Minneapolis, 1985

Phyllis Wheatley Settlement House, North Minneapolis, 1985

Phyllis Wheatley Settlement House, North Minneapolis, 1985. Prince performed here for a benefit concert during the peak of his post-Purple Rain fame, showing his continued support of his childhood neighborhood. His parents met and later performed at the Phyllis Wheatley House in the 1950s when it was located on Aldrich Avenue. | Source: Charles Chamblis, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN. | Creator: Charles Chamblis View File Details Page

Paradise Movie Theater, late 1930s

Paradise Movie Theater, late 1930s

Paradise Movie Theater, late 1930s. Built in 1927 as the Paradise Movie Theater, this long standing institution on Minneapolis™s North side became the Capri Theater after renovations in 1967. | Source: Photo credit: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN. View File Details Page

Capri Theater, 2018.

Capri Theater, 2018.

Capri Theater. | Source: Photo credit: Dom Puglisi, Diamonds and Pearls Photography, 2018. | Creator: Dom Puglisi. View File Details Page

Street Address:

2027 West Broadway Avenue [map]

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Kirsten Delegard, Michael Lansing and Kristen Zschomler, “Capri Theater,” Augsburg Digi-Tours, accessed December 14, 2018, http://digitours.augsburg.edu/items/show/37.

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