Robbinsdale, MN – Crews demolish historic movie theater in Minnesota

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on October 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

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From The Des Moines Register: Crews have demolished a historic movie theater in Robbinsdale after preservationists lost a fight to save it.

Demolition resumed Friday on the Terrace Theatre in the northwest Minneapolis suburb. A bulldozer knocked down most of the old building Saturday.

Two groups trying to stop the demolition could not come up with the $6 million needed to save it by a Friday deadline. Preservationists had won a temporary reprieve from a Hennepin County judge, but he also required them to post a bond.

KSTP-TV reports crews say the building should be completely knocked down early this week. Iowa-based Hy-Vee had planned a 91,500-square-foot grocery where the theater stood, but put those plans on hold after a push to save the Terrace.

The Terrace opened in 1951 and closed in 1999.

Story link: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2016/10/02/crews-demolish-historic-movie-theater-minnesota/91436778/

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Kirtis
Kirtis on October 10, 2016 at 5:04 pm

For more information, also see http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4002

mygmaillogin
mygmaillogin on December 1, 2016 at 8:51 am

Demolition resumed Friday on the Terrace Theatre in the northwest Minneapolis suburb. A bulldozer knocked down most of the old building Saturday. www.gmail.com sign in

Two groups trying to stop the demolition could not come up with the $6 million needed to save it by a Friday deadline. Preservationists had won a temporary reprieve from a Hennepin County judge, but he also required them to post a bond.

KSTP-TV reports crews say the building should be completely knocked down early this week. Iowa-based Hy-Vee had planned a 91,500-square-foot grocery where the theater stood, but put those plans on hold after a push to save the Terrace. www.gmail.com login

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