After many years as a magnificent vaudeville house and movie theater, it fell upon hard times. It became the center of a battle between city officials and preservationists in the 1980s and was almost razed. But the building was saved and every detail, from the gold proscenium arch and intricate murals to the molded plaster cherubs and white terracotta facade, was painstakingly renovated. These days the Theatre plays host to nationally renowned plays and musicals along with concerts and lectures. The acoustics are tremendous and there is not a bad seat in the house. State Theatre is part of the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Visit their website for a full calendar of events for this and all Hennepin venues.