What will become of the Southern Theater?


The Southern Theater in Minneapolis

MPR Photo/Chris Roberts

A while back we reported on the Southern Theater’s decision to eliminate all but one staff member, and become primarily a rental facility.

This morning, Chris Roberts took a closer look at the new model, how the community is reacting, and interviewed the last man standing, general manager Damon Runnals. Here’s an excerpt:

Runnals said the Southern’s new business plan is designed to keep the building open, pay his salary, and buy time for the organization to re-imagine itself. He envisions the Southern becoming a space geared toward mid-career artists trying to take their work to the next level. But will the Southern of old ever return?

“No,” Runnals said. “I don’t think the same Southern exists. I think the building will, but I honestly believe a new Southern is emerging.”

What that new Southern becomes, Runnals said, is for its board and the community to decide.

You can listen to the full story by clicking on the audio link below:

  • Marianne,

    Please check the spelling of my last name. Especially when copying and pasting a quote which contains the correct spelling, and then placing it directly under your text.

    Thanks you.

    Damon Runnals

  • Marianne Combs

    Damon – your name has been corrected. Apologies for the typo!

  • Mr. Wenga

    Damon, please check the spelling of the word “Thank”. Perhaps there was an errant “s” included from your copy and paste of another obnoxious response you posted to another blog.

  • Jake

    Mr. Jenga,

    Why the hostility? Especially when it comes to journalistic accountability?