3022 Hennepin Avenue South,
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Previously operated by: Mann Theatres, MN
Architects: Jack J. Liebenberg
Firms: Liebenberg and Kaplan
Functions: Live Music Venue
Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Renaissance
Previous Names: Suburban World Theatre
News About This Theater
- Feb 7, 2012 — Suburban World for sale
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. It was equipped with a Marr & Colton 2 manual 5 ranks organ.
In 1954, it was renamed the Suburban World Theatre.
The theatre closed for movies in 2003, but reopened, and operated as a cinema grill which closed in 2014. In fall of 2019 it reopened as a live music venue, restoring the original Granada Theatre name.
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Why would someone change the original name from Granada to Suburban World? The name change reminds me of a B movie title.
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
The management is in the process of updating the official site
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.
THS visited this theater on their 2007 Conclave this summer. Very friendly welcome from the staff – very interesting theater, inside and out!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Live music venue now called Granada Theater. Suburban World Theatre website at the top is now defunct. Granada Theater website below.