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Loring Theater canceling shows but will remain open

(Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Rumors of the Loring Theater’s demise have been exaggerated — not greatly, but the historic venue will continue to operate at least for the foreseeable future.

The 1920s-era theater, at Nicollet Avenue and 14th Street in Minneapolis, is struggling financially and has canceled some but not all of its upcoming shows. That prompted reports that the venue will shut its doors entirely, but artistic director Steve Barberio said the staff is looking toward next year and “trying to hang on as best we can.”

“We are not going out of business,” Barberio said. “We’ve pulled back and are evaluating where to go from here.”

Most of the canceled shows, he said, were “simply not selling tickets,” as has been the case with many other recent events. Given the crunching numbers at the theater, it cannot afford to take any more losses on such gigs. The concerts taken off the marquee include ones this week with Julie Johnson (Wednesday), De Dannan and House of Finn (Sunday) and the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (Friday). Only the latter show has found a new home, moving to the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis. Six other events in upcoming weeks were also stricken from the Loring calendar.