MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A popular Minneapolis theater is seeking the public’s help to stay in business.

The Southern Theater, located at 1420 Washington Ave. S. in Minneapolis, needs $400,000 by April 30 or it faces the possibility of closing its doors.

Tough economic times over the past few years has put the theater in a financial “state of emergency.” In a public-letter to theater-goers on the company’s web site, the theater pleads for financial support from its friends and patrons.

The theater has made several changes over the past few months, but the company says it can only move forward with plans if it receives financial assistance. The theater has gone “green” to meet desired ecological standards and is trying to revive with Washington Ave. corridor between downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota.

The Southern Theater has been in existence for 100 years, but they say it won’t last much longer without the public’s help.

Click here to find out how to donate or call their box office at (612) 340-1725.

Comments (4)
  1. Reasonable says:

    Expect to see many stories like this in the near future. Too bad, it’s a great venue and I’ve seen many interesting shows there.

  2. Peter says:

    Really? I thought it was the McKnight foundation pulling their funding because the theater was withholding grant money from artists that got the Southern into the hole it is in. It seems a little disingenuous to blame the Southern’s money problems on the economy when horrible management is clearly a major part of the problem. If they fold because they were embezzling funds they have no one but themselves to blame.

  3. Joan says:

    I too think that the TV coverage told an incomplete story re:McKnight expecting return of it’s funds. This is not a “poor me” story. The theatre acted inappropriately by mixing it’s artist grant funds with operating funds. IMHO, not embezzling, intent-wise, but clearly inappropriate use of grant funds. Bad management and too little transparency, possibly too late and that is sad for the Southern Theatre and the community.

  4. Reality says:

    A poorly managed theater, operating and producing for a small, elite group of artists and patrons needs $400,000 to stay in business. Meanwhile people are homeless, abused and living in poverty. Where should one donate one’s money? Sorry Southern Theater folks. You’re not the one. Reassess your contribution to society. There are lots of needs out there. You’re not high on the list.

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