Construction scene showing new stage house being added to historic Shubert (now Cowles) theater.

If you have walked by the historic Shubert Theater (renamed The Cowles Center, in honor of patrons John and Sage Cowles) lately, you have noted the newly glazed and restored facade. But what about the interior? Above, from the theater's newsletter, a view of the 100-foot-tall stage house, a new structure housing the stage and fly areas. An orchestra pit will be big enough for up to 42 musicians. None of the theater's 500 seats is more than 65 feet from the stage. Below, another scene of workers reconstructing the theater's interior. Go here for scores of photos from the theater's interior as it undergoes construction.

The Cowles Center will open in September of next year.


The Shubert in its current location, soon after it was moved in 1999. / Star Tribune photo by David Brewster.






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