This weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Purple Rain, and we’ve been celebrating the iconic rock ‘n’ roll film in a big way. And while we’ve talked a lot about the actors that appear of the film—Prince, his leading lady Apollonia, his band the Revolution, and cast members like Morris Day and the Time—there’s another big star that deserves its own close-up: the city of Minneapolis and downtown music venue First Avenue.
As part of our ongoing Then and Now series, we’ve once again teamed up with photographer Steven Cohen to revisit some of the famous landmarks seen in the film. First Avenue is included, of course, as are exterior shots of 7th St. and 1st Ave. in downtown Minneapolis, the IDS Center’s Crystal Court, and the house in South Minneapolis where the Kid lives in the film.
Enjoy! And be sure to check out all of our Purple Rain 30th anniversary articles and audio specials to get the full purple experience.
- Prince’s Purple Rain turns 30: Looking back at the iconic Minneapolis film
- Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL play surprise Paisley Park show on the eve of “Purple Rain” 30th anniversary
- Apollonia shares her near-death experience on the set of Purple Rain
- Bobby Z shares his Purple Rain memories on the album’s 30th anniversary
Morris Day and Jerome stroll down 1st Ave.
A woman approaches Morris Day on 7th St.
Looking north on 7th St., where Block E is now
Prince rides up to First Avenue
First Avenue, then and now
Prince stands inside First Avenue
Apollonia and Prince visit the Crystal Court
The Kid’s South Minneapolis home