City of St. Paul Wants to Renovate Palace Theatre for Music Scene

Updated: 10/28/2013 6:45 PM By: Leslie Dyste

The Palace Theatre built in 1916 was once the center of theater in St. Paul.

For nearly 30 years the old theater has been empty. It hasn't been used since "Prairie Home Companion" was temporarily performed there in the 1980s.

Now, there's a push by the city to get $6 million in bonding money from the state to renovate it. The city wants the theatre to be known as the place to go to listen to music.

Think of Austin, Texas. It's a city known for its music scene. St. Paul thinks it can do even better. "I am convinced that the City of St. Paul, certainly this region, can compete and beat the Austins, we have so much talent here," said Mayor Coleman.

There is some water damage that will need to be repaired in the building, and the paint is chipping in many places. But, structurally the building is fine.

When the renovation is completed, it would seat 3,000 people. Renovations can't begin until details on the money are figured out.