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Goldy Gopher laughed with guests as they mingled before the American Ballet Theatre performance of Giselle. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com At the newly remodeled Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, Min, Friday, April 4, 2014.

KYNDELL HARKNESS • kharkness@startribune.com,

A new, improved Northrop Auditorium steals the show

  • April 4, 2014 - 10:52 PM

Goldy Gopher welcomed guests as Northrop Auditorium reopened Friday after a three-year, $88 million renovation, with a performance by American Ballet Theatre. Architects from the Minneapolis firm HGA shrank the auditorium from 4,847 to 2,700 seats and added a new lobby, balconies, wider seats, almost twice as many bathrooms, a rehearsal space, dressing rooms and a new, 168-seat theater for movies, recitals and lectures. “Giselle” will be performed again at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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