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Family run by a retired co-worker and his wife. Made the conversation to digital projection a few years back, still has the 35mm projector in the booth.
My wife mentioned that her grandma had noted that a storm tore the roof off the theater at one point. The storm could account for the mid century facade. I’ll try to dig up more details and report back sometime.
Recently read an article republished on TwinCities.com that talks about fundraising efforts to purchase a digital projector for the State Theater. Apparently a non profit was formed to save the theater and has been showing films, unfortunately the digital transition is coming faster than they hoped. Looks like they were told celluloid prints would no longer be available after March or April 2013. I wish them the best of luck.
I was excited to see that the Cooper was included in a segment produced by Twin Cities Public Television for the Lost Twin Cities III special. It was really well done with lots of pictures and information. Covered everything from the premiere with the Brothers Grimm, to the long run of How the West was Won, Airport and its end with Dances With Wolves. Definitely worth checking out for any Cooper or Cinerama fans. Would love to find a way to put some screen caps up on the site here (although I’m not sure if that is allowed, and I’m not sure if many of the pics were the St. Louis Park Cooper or ones taken from Indian Hills or Denver).