Long Lake Theatre

12183 Beacon Rd
Park Rapids MN 56470
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In 2001, Bruce Bolton had the idea of converting a former church into a live, 100-seat theater. The old church was located in the village of Hubbard. Managing a theater was his lifelong dream, so he pursued it. The former Hubbard Alliance Church was transformed into an intimate theater space with the help of Mark Colbenson, who took the helm of Artistic Director from 2002-2004. The 'curtain rose' for the first time in June 2002, and we've been entertaining audiences with our line-up of top-notch comedy, drama and musicals ever since. Colbenson and his acting company, Lone Wolf Players, staged many fine productions at Long Lake Theater. Bruce, along with his wife/business partner, Shannon Geisen, are indebted to Mark for sharing his passion for theater and immense talent. In late 2005, the theater complex expanded by adding a second former church. That's right, another church from the 1890s probably one of the oldest buildings in Hubbard. The United Methodist Church of Hubbard was slated for destruction until Bruce offered to move it next to Long Lake Theater. The church community generously raised funds to cover the moving costs. Once again, we are grateful to the many organizers who helped preserve this cherished structure. On June 1, 2006, northern Minnesota's newest art space, called The Landmark, opened. Initially, the versatile space was an art gallery open freely to the public and featuring selected regional artists as well as artwork from Maria's Children International, a Moscow-based arts rehabilitation center for Russian orphans. The space also had a stage, piano and workshop area for theater classes or rehearsals.