Minnesota Opera to open performing arts center next door in North Loop neighborhood

A new performing arts center is slated to open this September in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota Opera announced late last week.

Minnesota Opera announced the Luminary Arts Center will open in the space previously held by Lab Theater along North First Street.

The performing arts center is next door to the opera. Minnesota Opera acquired the space in February 2019. Last July, it began a $6 million renovation, according to a news release from the opera.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce the Luminary Arts Center as a part of our North Loop home,” Minnesota Opera President and General Director Ryan Taylor said in a statement. “The new name for the venue speaks to the space’s role in revealing, discovering, and illuminating the work and ideas of artists in our community. It builds upon the illustrious history of the building, which has had several different names over the years. We are honored to be a part of the life of the space and serve as stewards of this community resource in its next chapter.”

The renovated center will have 224 seats, and there are plans to feature a variety of performances, according to Minnesota Opera.

A photo of the interior of the new Luminary Arts Center during renovation. (Minnesota Opera/Tim Rummelhoff)