Imagine the Avalon Theater

We are deep into a process of imagining other ways the Avalon Theater could better serve our neighborhoods. Imagine an Avalon with lights on, doors unlocked,and someone in the lobby all day to greet visitors. Imagine an Avalon with doors that are easy to open, level floors, and accessible, gender neutral restrooms. Imagine dedicated spaces for classes, workshops, rehearsals, community meetings, and puppet building. Imagine a lobby coffee shop with comfy chairs and drop-in art activities for kids. Imagine the marquee lights lit up for shows twice as many weekends of the year.

I would love to hear what else you can imagine. I would like to be able to tell a story not only of how we will renovate the Avalon Theater for generations to come, but also about who HOBT will serve, how we will serve them, and how the Avalon will be the best possible place to accomplish that.

I need your help to tell that story. Please fill out this survey to share your thoughts. If you don’t go for online surveys, contact me directly at 612-540-5366 or

− Corrie Zoll, Executive Director

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is launching an effort to set long-term strategic goals that will be used to determine how HOBT can best use its home in the Avalon Theater as an asset to further HOBT’s mission to bring people together for the common good.

All updates regarding the Avalon Theater will be posted on this page. Click the links below to read past entries:

Sarah Bowman Trust

August 7, 2017: Sarah Bowman Trust In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) recently received a $275,000 gift from the Sarah Bowman Trust. Sarah Bowman was a longtime supporter of HOBT and for several years was part of the “Sun Flotilla” of red canoes that bring the Sun Puppet across Powderhorn […]

Community listening session feedback

June 12, 2017: Community listening session feedback The purpose of this update is to share feedback received through HOBT’s May 2017 online survey and open community listening session. If you have other questions or concerns, contact HOBT Executive Director Corrie Zoll at 612-721-2535 or In 2015, HOBT’s board acknowledged the accessibility, safety, and maintenance […]

Where we are: 

HOBT is located in south Minneapolis at 1500 East Lake Street, one block west of Bloomington Avenue. There is a parking lot directly behind the theater, to the north.

Across the street is the vibrant Mercado Central, full of authentic Latino food and goods.

Four blocks to the west is the Midtown Exchange building, in the former Sears tower, and its Midtown Global Market (international foods and gifts), while Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Deli & Gifts - an 80-year old Minneapolis institution - is two blocks east.