Suburban World Theatre

3022 Hennepin Avenue South,
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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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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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!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm

This is another view of Suburban World.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 12, 2009 at 7:11 am

Chuck….Suburban World is open. Here is a working link for their website. The address is 3022 Hennepin Avenue and the phone number is 952.471.9500.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Another photo can be seen here.

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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