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.