THIS TIME, IT’S MORE THAN A THEATER

The Crane Theater is a home for new collaboratively created theater in the Twin Cities. A place where the artists in our community go to build work for our community and beyond. A place where theater lovers can go to see the best work created here, by local artists, for them. A place of learning, helping, sharing.

Located in NE Minneapolis, The Crane is situated at 2303 Kennedy St. NE, just a block off Stinson between Hennepin and Broadway Avenues.

With nearly 30’ ceilings, this 7000 square foot space contains exactly what we need to create theater- wide open space. It features a gorgeous brick exterior, and striking industrial interior that fits the theme of new work well- this is a place where things are made.

Built in 1922, the Kennedy building was originally a Westinghouse factory. Here they manufactured lamps, small appliances, and passenger elevators. Our section was a 1953 addition, and features a 5 ton gantry crane that is the fixture of our new lobby.

We have a good relationship with our new landlords, who want to build a long-term relationship with a quality anchor tenant. Our 10-year lease in this building includes options for renewal and right of first refusal to all first floor space. The space has a new roof, and the landlord will be installing new HVAC units to meet our specifications.

The Crane is much more than a theater.  Its a home for new theater, and the peope who make it and enjoy it.

Production Previews

02/16/2018 to 02/25/2018

The greatest warrior in Ireland's history is fighting against an invading army, alone, while the Morrigan, goddess of battle and death, looks over his shoulder, waiting for him to fall... 
Adapted by the ensemble from the Old Irish epics of the Ulster Cycle, The Hound of Chulainn tells the...

03/01/2018 to 03/04/2018

“Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical” is playwright Sarah Ruhl's first musical based on her 2002 play of the same title.  It tells the story of Tilly, whose melancholy is of such exquisite quality that it causes every stranger she meets to fall in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly...

03/09/2018 to 03/10/2018

LOFTrecitals first ever fully staged musical experience! Join us as LOFTrecital returns to the Crane Theater for a special 2 night event celebrating the life and work of one of the most celebrated Russian poets of the 20th Century, Anna Akhmatova Were thrilled to have an all-star local cast as...