St. Paul's Ordway Center set to demolish theater, build concert hall

  • Article by: Rohan Preston , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 4, 2013 - 11:22 PM

The St. Paul multi-arts venue will build a 1,100-seat hall for the SPCO.

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sharkysharkApr. 4, 13 9:18 PM

Maybe they're not following current events. The SPCO is on "life support" and just might not need an 1100 seat hall.

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ronaronaApr. 4, 1310:51 PM

This summer? How did I not hear of this sooner? I think a bit sad--and not really necessary.

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adamske20Apr. 4, 1311:14 PM

I agree it may be best for the Ordway to hold off a bit-- it looks like the SPCO management is planning to kill off the orchestra.

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hildigardApr. 5, 13 8:17 AM

Enough with the cynicism Star Tribune Readers. These reader comments are too often off topic –this article had nothing to do with Liberalism or the President. It was about the renovation of an outmoded performing arts facility. Relax people! -A portion of the Ordway will be demolished to build a new concert hall. The main hall will remain. Congratulations Ordway on your fundraising. I’m sure it will be a beautiful facility.

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ruphinaApr. 5, 13 8:41 AM

Please note that even if the new space is built with 100% donations, that still constitutes at least a 25% government subsidy through tax deductions for charity. Bill G.

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joe_mnApr. 5, 13 9:08 AM

Current theater is paid for. $0 debt. Build new $80M theater too earn $1M each yr? Or $2M? So what's the payback?

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yargadApr. 5, 13 9:20 AM

Finally the other shoe drops. The SPCO may play in the new hall (will anyone go to listen to what might be left of it though I wonder). But expect to see many more touring pop acts charging top dollar for one-night stands. Ditto in Minneapolis. And if you want to hear a first-rate orchestra, there will still be several flights a day to Chicago.

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jstraderApr. 5, 13 9:44 AM

I think it unconscionable to spend this amount of money to house an orchestra the management is trying to starve into submission.

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pauldeemingApr. 5, 13 3:23 PM

As someone who has worked in and enjoyed shows in the McKnight, I will truly miss this wonderful, intimate theatre space! :(

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swschradApr. 5, 13 4:24 PM

another multi-million venue upgrade for orchestras that are locked out. dollars for lighting and sound boards, none for artists to use them. the Bizarro World Trans-Virtual Orchestra now has two showplaces.

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