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100th Anniversary of Uptown Theater

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Celebrate 100 years of the Uptown Theatre with Preserve Minneapolis and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota!

The iconic movie palace opened its doors as the Lagoon Theater on June 3, 1916 and remains as one of the oldest surviving theaters in the Twin Cities. Since officially undergoing a name change in 1929 it's been a central fixture of the neighborhood. 

Over the years the Uptown Theatre has seen its share of drama (both on and off the screen): in 1939 a ventilation fire caused a temporary closure; the doors officially closed for about a year between 1975 and 1976 when it was purchased by Landmark Theatres (then Parrallax Theatres); a stint as an independent movie house (their showing of Jean-Luc Goddard's "Hail Mary" actually drew crowds of protesters); and closing several times between 1984 and 2013 for remodels -- the most recent adding 4K digital projection and a full bar.

The building was deemed a heritage site in 1990 and has become famous for its witty marquees, including "MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: FROM THE WRITER OF 4 EPISODES OF ROSEANNE" and "INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS; OUTSIDE REALLY COLD". 

Meet us in the lobby for tours -- we have lots of information to share! Amy Meller of MacDonald & Mack Architects will be on hand to talk about the recent renovations, and Joseph Larsen of the Theatre and Anne McCart Drolet will be talking about the history of the theatre.

Stick around to see THE WOMEN at 8:00 -- you'll get a free glass of wine with your ticket!

Photo via Pepe Barbe on Flickr: