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Three Injured in Ceiling Collapse at Club Where Prince Filmed Purple Rain


Warner Bros.Three people were injured when part of the ceiling collapsed Wednesday night at the famed First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis.  The venue is probably best known to non-Minneapolis residents as the place Prince filmed club performance scenes for his 1984 film, Purple Rain.

The Minneapolis Fire Department reports they responded about 10:15 last night and “discovered an approximately 30′ by 30′ section of lathe and plaster ceiling had given away and collapsed during an music event.”  The collapsed section was located at the back of the club’s dance floor, over the balcony and DJ booth.  Hard rock band Theory of a Deadman was performing at the time of the collapse, according to Minneapolis ABC News television affiliate KSTP.

Two of the injured were taken to a local hospital, though firefighters say none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.  About 750 patrons were evacuated from the club following the ceiling collapse. 

KSTP quotes a source as saying the collapse may have been caused by leaky pipes in the ceiling, which weakened the sheet rock.  A tweet from the Minneapolis Fire Department about a half-hour after they arrived at the club declares “partial ceiling collapse, crews have shutoff water flow to pipes in the ceiling area & continue to check bldg, 3-4 injured.”

A message on First Avenue’s Twitter last night says simply, “Thanks for the well wishes, everyone. We’ll post more info as we get it.”

In addition to Prince, who filmed the Purple Rain performances of “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain” there, First Avenue has been instrumental in the careers of countless bands and artists from all music genres since it opened as a venue in 1970.

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