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Historic Capri Theater cancels outdoor event over safety concerns

Ryan Raiche
Updated: May 31, 2021 06:37 PM
Created: May 31, 2021 03:21 PM

An outdoor concert scheduled at a storied north Minneapolis venue has been put on hold because of concerns over the escalating violence in the area.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Capri Theater announced the canceling of the Thursday night concert on the new plaza after recent shootings on West Broadway, including one a week ago where bullets struck parked cars and the building next door.

In its nearly 100-year history, this is the first time the Capri Theater said it is canceling an event over safety concerns.

“Both of our organizations are concerned about the intense escalation of gun violence in our treasured Northside community,” James Scott, director of Capri, said in a statement.

The announcement comes on a particularly violent weekend of shootings in Minneapolis, where the community is still reeling over the tragic shooting of three kids.

On West Broadway, just down from the Capri Theater, Chaz Toler said the drive-by shootings are “near-constant.”

“The other day, I heard gunshots when I was walking to my car, getting off of work. It was the first time I had to duck down and go to my car,” he said. “I’ve never had to do that.”

The SPCO and the Capri are planning to reschedule the performance at a later date. The theater, which is going through an extensive remodel inside, is still expected to have a grand opening later in the fall.

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