Minneapolis Auditorium - Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Photographed in 1987 with film.

Disclaimer - Photos without my red watermark are not mine, they are from the internet and ARE NOT FOR SALE.

Minneapolis Auditorium - Opened in 1927 and demolished in 1989.

Location - 1301 2nd Ave. S. Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minneapolis Convention Center now sits on the site.

The old Armory was not a suitable arena for the Lakers. That brings us to the Lakers more permanent home, the Minneapolis auditorium. Born 1927 and died 1989. The auditorium was located at the corner of Stevens Avenue and S. 3rd Ave, about 8 blocks from the Minneapolis armory. It was constructed in 1927 as the second Minneapolis auditorium. The first one was built in 1905 and was at 11th Street and Nicollet Avenue. The first auditorium became the Lyceum theater, home to the Minneapolis symphony, after the second one was built. The Lyceum was razed in 1976 and the orchestra hall complex sits on the site.

The second auditorium housed the first professional sports team in the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis Lakers. The Lakers played most of their games inside the 10,000 seat venue. It had a much larger seating capacity than the old armory. It was also a nicer building. Built at a staggering cost of 3,150,000 in 1927, it was the showplace in Minneapolis. The Lakers played there from 1947 thru the 1959 season. Their last season in Minneapolis, they used the armory exclusively. In 1989 the curtain came down for the final time on the old auditorium. It was demolished to make way for the expansion of the Minneapolis convention center. Since it's demise, even the street it was on, Stevens Avenue, does not exist in that area anymore either. Pro basketball would return to the upper Midwest in 1989 in the form of the Minnesota Timberwolves. They began play in the Metrodome, home of the Twins. In 1990, the T-Wolves moved into the brand new Target center, which is about 7 blocks west of where the armory is. The Target center is at the corner of N. 6th St. and N 1st. Ave. in downtown Minneapolis. The Twins new ballpark is being constructed close by also. The Twins park is in the warehouse district just north of the Target center. It will be bounded by 5th Street, 7th Street, 3rd Ave. and I-394.

The Lakers had a relatively short stay in Minnesota, but the team did win 5 NBA championships in their 13 year stay. Half their venues may be gone, and the Lakers have been gone now almost 50 years. Youngsters of today probably have no idea the history behind both the since demolished auditorium and the still standing armory. To me, it's a proud history of Minnesota sports that should be preserved.

A footnote to the arenas. The Minneapolis Lakers also played a handful of games at the St. Paul auditorium in St. Paul. The auditorium still exists today and has been renamed the Roy Wilkins auditorium.
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The main entrance to the Minneapolis auditorium from the corner of S. 3rd Ave. and Stevens Avenue. 3/87


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Great aerial shot of the Minneapolis Auditorium at the bottom (green roof).


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You can see how big the building was. 3/87


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The interior of the auditorium. The stage is clearly visible in the background. 3/87


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The interior reminds me alot of old convention hall in Philadelphia. Like the auditorium here, convention hall has met the wreckers ball also. It fell in 2005.


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The next 3 photos are courtesy of my friend Stephen. Thanks for your contribution!


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A shot from the 70's of the exterior. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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A packed house inside the auditorium. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Interior shot of the auditorium. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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This is what the auditorium looks like today. Stevens Avenue, where the auditorium stood, does not exist anymore. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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The end literally... the backside of the auditorium. It will be demolished to make room for the expansion of the convention center. 3/87