The NEXT Stage!

Where we’ve been…TRP pre-Bimbo's

When Theatre in the Round debuted in 1953, it performed at the YWCA at 12th and Nicollet in downtown Minneapolis. It became established and its seasons grew. By 1963, it had moved to its own space at 1308 Stevens Avenue.

After five years at that location, TRP was forced to move and, after some searching, they found a burnt-out, abandoned pizza restaurant on the West Bank…


round circleLooking for a new home in the late ‘60s, TRP people found the abandoned, fire-damaged Bimbo’s Pizza Parlor for rent in historic Seven Corners. With design supervision by Ralph Rapson and Assoc. (designers of the original Guthrie Theater), and thousands of hours of “sweat equity” by volunteer workers, TRP built a modern, 287-seat arena theatre. It moved into its new home in 1969 in time to open its 18th season with The Killing of Sister George.


A new look is coming…check this space again next week!