Music Box Theatre returns to its Loring roots

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There’s a saying that “everything old is new again;” it seems particularly fitting for this latest news from Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis.

On Monday the 440-seat performance space will reclaim its original name, “Loring Theater,” named after the Minneapolis civic leader Charles M. Loring. Monday also happens to be the 90th anniversary of the theater’s opening.

Music Box/Loring Marketing Director Paul Anderton says the theater staff found the original marquee in the basement. The organization is now seeking funds to refurbish the marquee and use it once again.

The Nicollet Avenue space has led a storied history; in the 1970s it became known as the Cricket Theatre, and then changed names to Music Box Theatre in the mid-90s when it became home to the long-running comedy “Triple Espresso.”

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