Suburban World Theatre

3022 Hennepin Avenue South,
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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Suburban World Theatre

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This is a true gem of a small Atmospheric style movie palace built as the Granada Theatre in 1928, with a seating capacity of 732.

In 1954, it was renamed the Suburban World Theatre.

The theater closed in 2003, but has now reopened, and operates as a cinema grill.

Contributed by Kirk

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 25, 2005 at 5:50 am

What is the date of this newspaper article?

Is it really open? The web site has a press kit from 2002, and no current events on its calendar.

Patsy
Patsy on July 24, 2006 at 5:15 pm

Why would someone change the original name from Granada to Suburban World? The name change reminds me of a B movie title.

twright667
twright667 on November 18, 2006 at 5:52 pm

Cartoon Brunch is back at the Suburban World! (as of 11/11/2006) I went on Saturday, 11/18/06, and had a fun time. The Spanish/Mediterranean theme, the stars, and the cloud machine are all still there! They also have an NFL brunch every Sunday, and various special events, musical shows, and film festivals (It was the headquarters for the 2006 Minneapolis/St Paul International Film Fest)

For now, you can find info about the theater at
www.myspace.com/suburbanworldtheatre
The management is in the process of updating the official site
(www.suburbanworldtheatre.com)

retrojosh
retrojosh on January 18, 2007 at 2:16 pm

This is the only operating theater I know of in the Twin Cities area with spanish influence. The only other that even comes close is the old El Lago Theater next to the Lake Street Garage restaraunt. That theater, was, however turned into a church a long time ago, and I dont believe much of the original interior is left, though there is still a gorgeous facade with beautiful spanish wall ornamentation at the main entry. I too wonder why the name was switched to Suburban World. I’m pretty sure that name doesn’t describe the theater as well as Granada does. I would like to see the name changed back to Granada, and the original sign recreated. I dont think many people realize how grand the place is because unfortunately Suburban World does not sound so ritzy.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on September 26, 2007 at 9:12 pm

THS visited this theater on their 2007 Conclave this summer. Very friendly welcome from the staff – very interesting theater, inside and out!

AllanWillis
AllanWillis on August 30, 2008 at 11:34 am

The name “Suburban World” dates back to the years when Ted Mann owned this theater along with a number of others including the downtown World Theater on 7th Street just west of Hennepin Avenue. The name was chosen, I believe, simply to differentiate it from the downtown theater. I agree that the original name “Granada” should be reinstated.

MPol
MPol on September 27, 2008 at 7:16 pm

What a fabulous-looking theatre, inside and out. It seems to be in a class all by itself. Thanks for posting and sharing all the info with everybody here.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on March 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm

The name World came about in the 1930s. The small downtown Minneapolis World was cut out of a larger older cinema. Around the same time the 1910 Shubert in St. Paul was renamed the World. Today the St. Paul house is the Fitzgerald. The Minneapolis house is long gone.
The name World was chosen because these two cinemas started out screening international films. So in the early 1950s the “suburban” World started out the same way, screening non-Hollywood international films.

Charliemn
Charliemn on June 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

4 or 5 years ago (or so), I’d get up on Sunday mornings and see their old black and white films with sometimes cartoons and their great brunches.‘ Lamb and eggs!

mdougla
mdougla on July 17, 2013 at 4:57 am

The theater went into foreclosure and was for sale for over a year. There is proposal to convert it to a retail space which will involve some restoration.

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/hpc/WCMS1P-110792

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