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I managed to get up to the site before the entire building was razed. Another great movie palace starinf at the wrecking ball. As I walked the perimeter of the site, a person walked up to me and said “it’s a shame.” I agreed. I went on to explain that this was at least the fourth one of these I’ve been connected with that ended up like this. I recalled the Cooper closing and its demolition in the early 90’s. That closing and demolition was similar. In that cade, as with the Terrace, the land was and is a valuable asset for its next use and that value is independent and without regsrd to its past use. Thus the Terrace met its fate.
I upload a photo of the north side of the building showing the start of the demolition. The projection booth can be seen in the area beyond the removed wall.
I wanted to comment on the gentleman regardng the Cooper showing Todd AO. I worked the Cooper as projectionist from 1980 to 1990. I had the pleasure of showing the release of Oklahoma! in 1984. We knew the 70mm print would come in at 30 frames per second. The Cooper was equiped with the Century JJ II 35-70 set up. To convert to the 30 frames per second speed, all I had to do was move the motor to projecter drive belt to the outer set of pullies. It was very easy. The film ran fine with no problem, but it was very noisy! As an aside, at the end of our run, the Oklahoma! print was sent up the road to Plitt Brookdale. The Brookdale had Century 35-70 machines, but those machines did not have the double pulley drive set up. We ended up taking the motors and pullies off the Cooper equipment and swaping them with the Brookdale machines! I did get to work an Oklahoma! shift at Brookdale and those Century machines worked well. MJV
It will be shame if this unique venue falls to the wrecking ball. Having spent 10 years working the Indian Hills sister theatre in Mpls, the Cooper Theatre, I can attest to the superior atmosphere for ANY motion picture format in the huge, round auditorium. Don’t make the same mistake that we made here in Minneapolis. The Indian Hills is worth saving.