Vibrant Communities Grantee Spotlight: Capri Theater



The Capri Theater offers education, arts and youth programming to children, families and the North Minneapolis community in a newly renovated and expanded, state-of-the-art building. These improvements align with Carlson Family Foundation’s goal to support youth access to arts and culture, particularly underserved youth, and identify and eliminate barriers to their participation.

Since 1987, the theater has been owned and operated by the community-based nonprofit Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC), whose mission is to enrich the skills, prospects and spirit of North Minneapolis area youth and adults, in partnership with families and communities. The expansion and revitalization of the theater marks the beginning of a new chapter in PCYC’s aim to connect youth and adults to high-quality arts and cultural programming.

The theater, built 94 years ago, has hosted a variety of arts, culture and youth education programming for decades. Today, the newly renovated space features a 256-seat auditorium and lobby; a black box performance space; a dance studio and rehearsal space; and a tech center for teens with the latest recording and editing equipment, a 3D printer, and much more.

The Carlson Family Foundation has been a longtime partner with PCYC, helping fund the Capri Theater renovation, in addition to the nonprofit’s out-of-school time and youth summer programs.

Photo credit: Leila Navidi, Star Tribune