The Seville has a long and storied history that is forever linked to the glamorous years when Downtown Minneapolis was truly the cultural and social hub of Minnesota if not the entire Midwest.Located in the heart of the theater and warehouse district, the first incarnation of this recently renovated property was The Seville Hotel. During this time, The Seville Hotel played host to some of the most popular stars of the era. Famous names from Broadway, Hollywood, Vaudeville, and Burlesque that regularly performed in Minneapolis venues made The Seville Hotel their home away from home. Gathering at The Seville bar or at the piano located in the ornate lobby, these personalities from far and wide would sing and entertain each other often until sunrise. It was a special treat to be invited to join these brilliant stars of yesteryear during these gala gatherings.
One of the most popular guests of The Seville Hotel was the incomparable Benny Melton, nationally recognized as one of the top burlesque Emcees and singers to play the burlesque circuit. With his unique style and beautiful singing voice, he was in high demand all over the country, but always made time to play at the famous Alvin Theater in his hometown of Minneapolis.
Benny was a personal favorite of the top exotic burlesque entertainers of that era. If Gypsy Rose Lee, Sally Rand, or Tempest Storm were performing at the Alvin, you could be sure they were seated next to Benny at The Seville bar or piano sipping martinis and belting out the standards of the day.
Ironically, the new Seville is now owned and operated by Dino Perlman the great grand nephew of Benny Melton. Dino is as much a key figure in the Minneapolis entertainment scene of today, as was his great uncle.
During your next visit to The Seville Club, spend a moment looking around at the many-signed photos that were given to Dino and his brother Marc by their great uncle. They have been signed by many of burlesques most famous performers and entertainers with personal messages to their beloved Benny.
The staff and entertainers of The Seville Club sincerely hope that you enjoy our modern tribute to the glamour and glory of burlesque.