Varsity Theater closes
Apparently they forgot to apply for an "electropunk permit"
Not long after our history of the Varsity Theater went to press last week, the City of Minneapolis closed the venue pending further inspections. The 90-year-old Dinkytown movie house, which reopened in January as a multi-purpose performance space, was about to host its first hip-hop concert since 2 Live Crew played there 15 years ago. But Varsity booker Patrick Scully says that timing is just a coincidence. (According to former Varsity owner Aaron Keith, hip-hop parties were a source of contention with neighbors back in 1990.)
The issue is the theater's occupancy load, according to the Star Tribune. Yesterday's press release from the Varsity wouldn't predict when the doors of the art deco landmark would open again. Meanwhile, all events have been moved to the nearby Loring Pasta Bar, or cancelled (as in the case of that hip-hop show). Tonight's Twin Cities Electropunk showcase has also been postponed.