First Avenue is New 2nd Family, Apollonia Says
Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 5 August 1984
MOST OF Purple Rain takes place in an actual nightclub in downtown Minneapolis. In the film, the First Avenue club becomes a self-contained world, a creative youth sanctuary defined by music, dance and dress. Much of the film's appeal is its suggestion that young people can create just such a self-defined community by the sheer will of their imagination.
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