The Orpheum Theater

910 Hennepin Avenue

Where Prince filmed parts of Purple Rain

This longstanding Minneapolis performance venue, built in 1921 to host vaudeville acts, was later converted into a movie theater. Minnesota native Bob Dylan purchased the shuttered theater in 1979, and repurposed it into a performance space. Reborn as a musical venue, this is where Prince first headlined a major downtown venue as part of his Prince tour on February 9, 1980. It also served as a filming location for the film Purple Rain (1984). All of the backstage scenes from the movie were filmed here.


Orpheum Theater, 1980s

Orpheum Theater, 1980s

Orpheum Theater, 1980s. This was the first major downtown venue at which Prince performed (1980 for the Prince tour). Prince was one of the first, if not the first, local African American musician to headline a show in the highly segregated downtown music scene. In addition, all backstage shots for his movie Purple Rain were filmed here. | Source: Photo credit: Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN. View File Details Page

Street Address:

910 Hennepin Avenue [map]

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Kirsten Delegard, Michael Lansing and Kristen Zschomler, “The Orpheum Theater,” Augsburg Digi-Tours, accessed May 6, 2021,

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