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cdwickha commented about Cooper Theatre on Dec 30, 2008 at 6:11 pm

I still love that place, even though I haven’t lived in Minnesota in 17 yrs. I remember my senior year at Wayzata and my bro getting a special preview pass to see Rocky V. The movie was very weak but that place rocked. Here is a something I cam across in the Trib.
The Terrace theater was also a great place for a young stud to take a date.

April 24, 2008

The site of the Cooper Theatre now is occupied by an off-ramp for Interstate 394, but a new theater complex is about to be built close by.

Developers of the West End, a $400 million mixed-use project under construction at I-394 and Hwy. 100 in St. Louis Park, said Thursday that Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres has agreed to operate a 14-screen theater at the development.

The theater complex will occupy about 57,000 of 350,000 square feet of retail space planned for the project, being developed by Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. The project also includes 1.1 million square feet of office space and an upscale hotel geared to business travelers.

The theater and the rest of the retail portion, which is being co-developed by Duke and Cincinnati-based Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc., is expected to be completed by September 2009.

Landing a theater was a top priority, according to Pat Mascia, senior vice president for Duke’s Twin Cities offices. Part of the reason is a movie theater’s ability to draw traffic for restaurants, shops and other retail tenants, he said.
“A movie theater complements the rest of the retail and makes it a more complete entertainment and shopping development,” Mascia said. No other retail tenants have been announced, but plans call for a specialty grocer and upscale stores and restaurants, he said.

St. Louis Park residents who went to public meetings when developers presented plans to the city also expressed a desire for a movie theater and evoked fond memories of the Cooper. Built in 1962, the Cooper and its 105-foot-long curved screen drew moviegoers from all over the Twin Cities area. It was demolished about 17 years ago when Hwy. 12 was turned into I-394.

Kerasotes is planning a state-of-the-art complex for the West End project, according to Bob Gallivan, director of real estate for the Chicago-based chain. The 14 theaters will range in size from 112 to 425 seats, and all will be digital, he said. Two of the larger theaters will have separate premium-seating areas that will be available for customers 21 and older.

The theaters will be designed to be used for events other than movies, including plays and concerts, he said.

The new St. Louis Park complex will be the fourth Twin Cities-area location for Kerasotes. It also has complexes in Coon Rapids and Inver Grove Heights and last year acquired the Block E Stadium 15 in downtown Minneapolis.

Susan Feyder • 612-673-1723