Attraction Spotlight: Fitzgerald Theater

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 11:04am.

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The Fitzgerald Theater was built in 1910 and has become considered the oldest surviving theater in town. It used to be called the Sam S. Shubert Theater but in 1933 became a World Theater after screening more foreign films.

By 1980 it was purchased by Minnesota Public Radio and renamed twice. Finally it was called F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1994 since he was a native of St. Paul. The theater has been the home to film festivals, Broadway musicals vaudeville shows and even concerts since then. Here is a look at what Fitzgerald Theater offers now.

Minnesota Public Radio

The theater is still owned by Minnesota Public Radio and they strive to only offer pogromming that meets the needs of their audience and mission. The theater holds 1,000 seats which is their largest broadcast studio. They welcome authors, artists and radio hosts for their millions of listeners to enjoy. This oldest theater in town just celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010.

Upcoming Events

This December, you can enjoy author Richard Ford who wrote the Bascombe novels. He is featuring a new work called “About Let Me Be Frank With You.” Musical guest John Mark Nelson will be present.  Check it out on December 1st at 7pm.

Nicholas David is coming to the Fitzgerald on December 6th at 7pm. He is a singer and songwriter making his first performance at the Fitzgerald this holiday season. He was featured on the NBC Show “The Voice” and has reached #1 on the iTunes Alternative Chart. You can also see Alison Scott, Esera Tuasolo, Phil Thompson and Eric Gordon that night.

Theater Details

You can buy tickets at the box office or online at The theater is located in downtown St. Paul on Exchange Street. This is found between Cedar and Wabasha Streets. Parking is available at the 7th Street Ramp or there is on-street parking. The address for the theater is 10 East Exchange Street in St. Paul.

Don’t miss this piece of history in St. Paul, the Fitzgerald Theater. 

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