The Avalon Theater has been the home of In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre (IHOB) since 1988. The building also hosts other productions, as well. We went to a couple DanceCo performances at this theatre, and it is absolutely beautiful.
The building was originally built a as neighborhood movie house in 1937 by architect Perry Crosier. HOBT moved in in 1988 and continues to own and operate the building, which is used for theater, music and dance performances.
Upgrades and Sale of the Avalon Theater building
In 2017, IHOB received a financial gift that allowed it to begin transforming the aging and distressed building into a neighborhood art center. The plan was to condense HOBT’s programming down to 20 weeks per year of stage use, leaving 30 weeks to fill with arts programming and events that represent the cultures present in area neighborhoods. HOBT planned to host live music, dance, theater, film, birthday parties, weddings and more in the revitalized building. However, in 2021, IHOB announced plans to sell the Avalon as part of their revitalization process.
We hope to see something really exciting come into the space. It is beautiful and deserves to be used to its fullest potential.
- In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre
- DanceCo: Dances for Young People
- MayDay Parade & Festival
- Kid-Friendly Theater, Music and Performing Arts in the Twin Cities