Would you like a unique and inviting location for your next gathering? Rent the Avalon!

Originally constructed a neighborhood movie house in 1937 by architect Perry Crosier, the Avalon Theater has been the home of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre since 1988. The Avalon is ideal for theater, music and dance performances. Our stage is suitable for film and video shoots as well.

Location & Neighborhood

HOBT's Avalon is located in south Minneapolis at 1500 East Lake Street, one block west of Bloomington Avenue. 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.


  • Flexible seating for up to 175
  • Fully accessible, raked floor
  • Stage space measures 28' deep by 42' wide by 25' high
  • Lighting grid with limited instruments (also for hanging of screens, scrims, curtains, & backdrops), express control console light board
  • Lobby area
  • Handicapped accessible restroom
  • Accessible seating area
  • Updated mechanicals insure a comfortable, climate-controlled building
  • Separate box office and foyer area
  • Display window
  • Two 3 ft x 5 ft indoor display panels
  • Restored two-story marquee tower with neon and chasing lights, with back-lit reader board and slotted letters to create your own message
  • On-street parking
  • On several bus routes
  • Easy load-in from the street to the stage
  • Conference room
  • Kitchen area






To book the Avalon Theatre for your next event, please complete the form below.

NOTE: We ask that if you plan to use strobe lights while renting out the theater you make note of this in all of your promotional materials. Strobe lights pose risk to many who experience seizures and we want to make sure to keep our community safe!