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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The newly rechristened Loring Theater in Minneapolis has canceled some shows and relocated others but remains open.

Managing partner Steve Barberio says the 440-seat theater still plans to put on a half-dozen events this year.

Barberio says the Loring is not getting the attendance it needs in the tough economy. But he adds, “We’re not closing the doors.”

The jewel-box theater on Nicollet Avenue South formerly was the Music Box Theatre, longtime home of the comedy hit “Triple Espresso.”

Last January it was renamed to its original name, the Loring Theater. Barberio says the intent was to create a variety theater, with music, movies and theatrical shows.

Barberio says the theater has cut back staff but still has six permanent staff members.

The Loring opened in 1920.

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