The next chapter in the long saga of Smith Avenue’s most prominent architectural landmark is about to begin.
The long-vacant property at 627 Smith Ave. is up for auction on May 23.
The theater, which most recently was a rental hall for wedding receptions and other events, was forfeited to Ramsey County last year for back taxes.
As noted in an earlier post, the building has long since been remodeled from its original theater layout to a two-story facility. There’s a commercial kitchen on the lower floor and a performance space on the top floor.
It’s one of those places that everyone has an idea for, but no one has the capital to buy it. The most recent listing price for the theater was $400,000 (not including the more than $70,000 in back taxes owed at the time).
If you’ve never been inside, the county will hold open houses at the theater on Thursday, May 8 from 2-4 and Wednesday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-noon.