Welcome to the Paradise Center for the Arts:
A vibrant cultural and artistic gathering place in Historic downtown Faribault. The Paradise is committed to offering high quality visual and performing arts opportunities for Faribault and our region. 2017 marks our 10th Anniversary and highlights some of the best artists and musicians in our area and throughout MN and the Midwest. In the fall of 2017, we are expanding our artistic reach by adding dance and literary arts classes.
Our beautifully restored facility is built on the original foundation of the 1885 Faribault Opera House, which was completely destroyed by fire in 1929. After years of operation as a movie theater, and then several years of vacancy and decay, the community rallied to restore this magnificent jewel. The building was extensively renovated in 2006 to include art galleries, classrooms, clay and textile labs, a gift shop and rehearsal spaces, in addition to a 300 seat auditorium. The Paradise Center for the Arts opened to the public in 2007.
Awards and Premiers:
The Paradise Center for the Arts regularly receives readers’ choice awards from the Southern MN Scene including Best Community Theater venue, Best Theater production, and Best Visual Artist. In 2008, The Paradise Center for the Arts received the Restoration/Rehabilitation Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. It is also home to several World Premiers including Dan Rathbun’s Coconuts and Warheads and the soon to be released sequel, Coconuts and Mistletoe (December 2017) performed by the Paradise Community Theatre as well as Wrapped in Love and Glory by Michael Lambert and presented by The Merlin Players in December 2016.