The Old Log Theatre was purchased by Marissa and Greg Frankenfield in 2013. Since their purchase they have modernized the theatre space with state of the art lighting and sound systems and remodeled the entire lobby and dining space as stand alone fine dining destination restaurant called Cast & Cru. The theatre presents the finest in locally cast and produced musical theatre and children's productions under the skilled leadership of Artistic Director Kent Knutson. Cast & Cru is lead by Executive Chef Matt Elless preparing the finest in locally sourced modern American cuisine.
As the Northwest's first professional theatre, the Old Log was originally a summer stock company which opened in 1940 in a log stable. Thirteen shows were presented in thirteen weeks at that time. Don Stolz joined the company in 1941 as and actor and resident director and purchased the theatre company in 1946. During the next two decades the Old Log Theatre established a loyal following and received widespread critical acclaim for its area premieres of such classic plays as ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, TIME OF YOUR LIFE and LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL. In 1960 a new theater was built adjacent to the original theatre and the operation became year-round. In addition to main stage productions of contemporary plays and musicals, the theatre also produces children show productions during the summer and holiday season. Over the decades, the Old Log has had a substantial impact on the Twin Cities theatre scene, establishing a reputation for quality productions and featuring many fine actors and actresses who have come from around the country and gone on the famous careers in New York and Hollywood including such notable names as Nick Nolte, Loni Anderson, Lois Nettleton and Steve Zahn.