Suburban World Theatre

3022 Hennepin Avenue South,
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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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.

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!

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

Another photo can be seen here.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

This is another view of Suburban World.

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!

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Lost Memory on July 18, 2007 at 6:56 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Suburban World Theater.

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Lost Memory on June 24, 2007 at 6:05 pm

This website has small photos and some history.

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.

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
The management is in the process of updating the official site

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.

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Lost Memory on October 22, 2005 at 3:22 pm

A late 1990’s photo of Suburban World can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on September 9, 2005 at 9:31 am

Here is an older photo of the Suburban World Theater.

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Lost Memory on August 25, 2005 at 7:49 am

Here is an article from August 10, 2005. Read the yellow box next to the main story. Part of it reads “Between shows you can kill some time at Fringeville, which occupies the Suburban World Theater at 3022 Hennepin Avenue throughout the 11-day festival”. I’m not sure what “Fringeville” is but something is going on at this theater.

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Lost Memory on August 25, 2005 at 6:44 am

I don’t have the date for that article Ron. I didn’t bookmark the site. I’m not sure if they advertise their schedule like a regular theater does. Maybe thats the reason the phone number was given to call for showtimes.

This is an article from 1999 with a small photo of the original interior.

This is a 2002 photo of the exterior of the theater.

Here is a website with interior photos of its opening night in February 2002.

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.

KenRoe on August 25, 2005 at 4:56 am

Opened as the Granada Theatre on 26th September 1928 with the movie “Glorious Betsy” starring Dolores Costello and Conrad Nagel. Seating capacities vary in different editions of Film Daily Yearbook; 1941 = 732, 1943 = 900, 1950 = 691. The book ‘Show Houses – Twin Cities Style’ by Kirk J. Besse gives a seating capacity of 800.

The Granada was operated by Paramount Picture Inc. through their subsidiary John Friedl during the 1940’s.

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Lost Memory on August 25, 2005 at 3:56 am

Suburban World is a cinema grill with 240 seats. Here is an article on this theater:

Suburban World granted new life by Kari Larson.

“The historic Suburban World Theater, located at 3022 Hennepin Ave. S., re-opened under new management with the goal of preserving a historical treasure. The management team, headed by Kim Bartmann of Bryant-Lake Bowl and Café Barbette, is hoping to merge cinema, concerts and other styles of performance with high quality food and drink that engages the community.

Originally opened in 1928 with the name of Granada Theater, the theater features stadium seating, which was ahead of its time when designed by local architect Jack Liebenberg. In fact, many movie theaters nowadays are just starting to incorporate stadium seating.

The interior of the theater still maintains many of its original characteristics. Stars and moving clouds decorate the ceiling, giving the illusion that there is no roof overhead. There are also the original stucco facades of balconies, statues and plants to enhance this illusion. In 1991 the Minneapolis City Council placed the theater on a list of historically significant buildings. The theater is the only surviving example of an atmospheric theater in the city and one of only a few that remain in the state.

The theater became known as the Suburban World in 1954 and at this time, a great deal of remodeling took place. Wrought iron doors were placed in front of the theater, and the lobby’s chandelier was replaced with more modern fixtures. Over the past 74 years, the theater has been a venue for a variety of entertainment, including vaudeville performances, comedy shows and, more recently, sporting events.

The menu has a variety of gourmet foods, ranging from tapas and salads to sandwiches and seafood entrees. Some of the more notable features of the Suburban World Theater include cabaret-type seating for 240, a beer and wine license, DVD playback deck, data projections capabilities, surround sound and availability for corporate and private events.

The management team includes: Nate Johnson, film curator; Bryon Gunsch, technical director; Simone Ahuja, business development; Dan Nycklemoe, artistic director; Jack Chaffee, executive chef; Kevin McLaughlin, marketing and publicity; Mary Lucia, music booker; Tracy Bygrave, operations manager and Kim Bartmann, owner.

For upcoming movies and their showtimes, call the theater’s movieline at 612-825-6688".

Patsy on March 3, 2005 at 7:48 pm

And where did the name Surburban World come from? I like Granada much better!

Patsy on March 3, 2005 at 7:47 pm

An atmospheric should never be closed as they are very special, but so are all the old cinema treasures no matter the style as they truly are just that….treasures!

pkothari on March 3, 2005 at 10:52 am

I loved this theater. As far as I know, it was the only one of its kind in Minneapolis. Where else can you have dinner and watch a classic? It’s a pity it closed.