Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault

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The Paradise Center for the Arts is located at 321 Central Avenue in Faribault, Minnesota in the United States. For more than 60 years, this building, the Paradise Theater, served the region with a 915-seat atmospheric theatre, capable of producing arts programming on a fully functioning stage and showing newly released films. The theater closed in the late 1980s, under pressure from more modern, multiplex theaters that had sprung up in the region.The period of vacancy at the Paradise Theater was not void of artistic enterprises. The Faribault Art Center (FAC) which became a nonprofit in 1965, Faribault Area Community Theater (FACT), founded in 1988, and The Merlin Players all became very active players in the regional arts scene. For over 40 years, the Faribault Art Center (now the Paradise Center for the Arts) has been part of the Faribault community. Begun in the 1950s by a small group of artists, FAC promoted visual arts to local artists and art lovers through classes, exhibitions, and community involvement projects. FACT also had a strong history of making theatrical performances accessible to community participants as well as patrons. There are currently two community theater performances a year: one summer large scale musical and one smaller three-act play.The Merlin Players (TMP) is a non-profit theater organization that provides professional, affordable theatre experiences to audiences throughout southeastern Minnesota. These productions are designed to offer actors, technical staff and director's challenges for artistic growth. Dedicated to the ideology that artists are deserving of monetary reimbursement for their talents and efforts just like any other work, TMP provides stipends to everyone involved in productions, not just the actors, including students who provide backstage and technical support. This relationship provides students with experience working with professionals, which has led to strong mentoring relationships. TMP has a production schedule of four full shows a year at the Paradise starting with Always, Patsy Cline in May 2008. Their first show in the Paradise was in December 2007, a production of A Christmas Carol.
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  • What a lovely community theatre. Our Hutchison House hosts held ticket for us so we could catch a World Premiere performance of A Pirate's Tale. What talent on that stage! What a fantastic story! Let'...  more »
  • This is the cultural center of Faribault with artistic gallery showings as well as a wonderful gift shop with items made by local artists. The Paradise also has theatrical productions and other shows ...  more »
  • Very clean, very well maintained. Cute little shop and art gallery attached to the lobby. Went to see Last Train to Nibroc. It has a nice big proscenium stage; the medieval castle theme of the house was very, very odd. It didn't detract from the performance once the show started though.
  • A very unique building with plenty of history to go with it. There was a farmers market inside in the auditorium with wonderful vendors from the surrounding area. I will be back for the next event.

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