Goodale Theatre

22 N. Seventh Street,
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Redwards1
Redwards1 on February 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm

The Academy was a gem. The audience-stage relationship is almost unique in U.S. commercial legit theatres, which tend to be larger, with problematic sightlines. The first balcony was only 7 rows deep & offered a perfect view of the stage. The second balcony had a portion of the front center section removed to accommodate the image thrown by the Todd-AO projector from the booth at the rear of the first balcony. This was one of the best Todd-AO installations I have seen, with a deep curved screen in perfect proportion to the auditorium.

kjb2012
kjb2012 on September 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

Only a few days short of its 101st Birthday, the old Shubert has reopened. Renamed the Goodale theatre, part of the Cowles Center, the theatre is now a mix of the old and new. One might call it the “incredible shrinking theatre”. Built with 1,600 seats, in 1957 it was downsized to 800, and now has dropped to a mere 500. The second balcony, which was closed off in 1957, has been removed. Part of the back of the main floor has been converted into a coat room. The boxes, removed in 1957, were not replaced. Still it is an impressive venue. Although most of us may not be around in 2101, hopefully the Shubert, turned Alvin, turned Academy, turned Goodale will be.

kjb2012
kjb2012 on September 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Open house tomorrow 11-5 pm.

kjb2012
kjb2012 on July 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

The Grand Opening Weekend will be Sept. 9-11 2011.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on May 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

The projector in the original Shubert/Alvin days was atop the second balcony. With the coming of Todd-AO in 1957 it was relocated to the back of the firt balcony. The second balcony was actually closed off at that time and never used again.
Just before the theatre was moved to it’s new location I got tour of the place. The old second balcony not only still had it’s seats (most likely 1910 vintage) and even the remains of an old projector.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on November 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

Just an update work continues on the theatre. The new stage house is up. The front of the house has been cleaned and restored. It looks great.
Just a note, the house opened in 1910, so it will be re-opeoning around it’s 101st birthday.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on July 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

After a $2.5 million gift, the name of the Shubert will be changed to The Cowles Center.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on May 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm

According to the web page, the Shubert will finally be reopening in the Spring of 2011. That will be 101 years after it was beginning built.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm

The extensive 1957 remodeling of the Shubert Theatre into the Academy Theatre (which, according to the intro above “…was so completely refurbished it requires its own entry in the Cinema Treasures listings,” was the work of the Minneapolis architectural firm Liebenberg & Kaplan.

budyboy100
budyboy100 on July 2, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Good for MSP. They seem to be saving their theatrical history.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on August 6, 2007 at 1:01 pm

It appears that they are still aiming at a fall 2008 opening.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 29, 2006 at 4:48 pm

Here is a photo of the Alvin from 1953:
http://tinyurl.com/oek98

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 29, 2006 at 2:11 pm

Here is a page of photos from the Minnesota Historical Society:
http://tinyurl.com/j2j3w

barrygoodkin
barrygoodkin on May 15, 2006 at 7:16 am

The Minneapolis Shubert and the St. Paul Shubert both opened on the night of August 28, 1910. The St. Paul Shubert was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Marshall & Fox. Although not certain there is a chance that the Minneapolis Shubert was designed by the same firm.

zooklaw
zooklaw on April 18, 2006 at 8:50 am

The Academy now boasts a Summer 2008 opening date as the Shubert Performing Arts Center. Last week, the building donned brown banners down the street-facing side of the vacant building. The Minnesota legislature apparently passed a bill which included $11 million for the restoration of the Academy, to be named the Shubert. It looks like the old lady will be back after all.

cheebalicious
cheebalicious on February 6, 2006 at 5:12 am

This and the World are shown in an old Husker Du video, “Makes No Sense At All.” Even with the sad state of the exterior, one can see the beauty. I’m glad to hear it’s being saved, any update on the restoration would be appreciated.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2005 at 6:33 pm

A 1955 view of the side wall and part or the facade of the Academy, when it was the Minneapolis Evangelistic Auditorium, can be seen in the photograph of its former neighbor, the World Theatre at 16 N. 7th Street. The old “Alvin Theatre” sign can be clearly seen on the end wall of the Academy’s stage tower.

jim
jim on May 2, 2005 at 1:30 pm

To everyone in Minneapolis who has posted a comment on this page:
I’m currently making a documentary about people who try to save historic movie theatres called, “Preserve Me a Seat.” I’ll be coming to Minneapolis for a weekend to film in June and would love to interview people with comments/memories about this theatre and the efforts to save it. If you’re interested in being interviewed or would like more information, please email me at:
Thank you.
Jim Fields
Writer/Director/Producer, “Preserve Me a Seat”

ryan0290
ryan0290 on April 8, 2005 at 12:13 pm

The theater still awaits funding from the state bonding bill to commence with the renovation. Artspace is awaiting another session since this year no monies were alotted for the project (the new planetarium scored big though!) Alas, in another year we’ll dance the bonding dance once more, hopefully for the last time.

Jesse Hoheisel
Jesse Hoheisel on March 25, 2005 at 8:31 pm

Are there any recent developments in what is going on with the Academy today? And does anyone know the exact location it sits?

budyboy
budyboy on August 17, 2004 at 10:33 pm

Saw Funny Girl there as a member of a farming town choir ‘reward’.

Recall the curtains were very gilded; the screen was big and leaned back, as I guess the projector was upstairs.

It was all very close; unlike the Sound of Music at the Down town Mann; or anything I saw later in the big houses.

tednjodi
tednjodi on March 21, 2004 at 5:31 pm

I just moved into a home in Baden, Pennsylvania. In the old home, we opened a wall and the last thing to fall from the ceiling was a ticket from 1927 which read “Shubert Alvin Theatre. Could this be the same thing?

ryan0290
ryan0290 on March 19, 2004 at 7:37 am

At around 6 million pounds, the theater was the heaviest building ever moved on rubber wheels; here is the Guinness Record.

An article and some facts from the Star Tribune.

Jim Lileks insightful take on the Shubert’s history.

ryan0290
ryan0290 on February 19, 2004 at 9:53 am

Just after opening,
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A later marquee (the veritcal reminds of a pez candy for some reason, coulndn’t tell you why)-
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Fire!! Looks like the asbestos curtain saved the auditorium-
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Stop!, leave it alone-
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Check out the site in my post above, the remodeling is going to be supurb, especially the annex. The project is awaiting funding from the state legistlature.