Pantages Theater

708 Hennepin Avenue,
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Winter `68 photo credit Denny Schwartz, courtesy of Gary Schwartz.

The Pantages Theater was built as a vaudeville theater, opening on October 27, 1916.

By the 1920’s, the Pantages Theater switched to a mostly-movies format.

RKO extensively remodeled the house in 1946 renaming it the RKO Pan Theater from April 20, 1946. The remodel was carried out to the plans of Sebco Inc.

It was bought by Ted Mann in 1960 and remodeled into a 70mm roadshow house, opening in March 1961 with “Spartacus”.

The Mann Theater was one of the plushest cinemas in the Midwest. It closed in 1984 and was purchased by the city. After a complete refurbishment it reopened on 7th November 2002 as a live theatre.

Contributed by Kirk

Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 20, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Great 1977 photo added courtesy of William Burleson.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm

1987-88 photo added © James Orndorf.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 10:47 am

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 10:54 am

Ted Mann article

Found on Newspapers.com

and

Found on Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Opening as Pan Theatre

Found on Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Also another grand opening ad in the photo section for the Pan

rivest266
rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Also a grand opening ad as Pantages from October 29th, 1916 in the photo section.

Coate
Coate on June 26, 2017 at 2:17 pm

New Showcase Presentations in Minneapolis article includes mention of the numerous 70mm (and roadshow) engagements here at the Mann and other Twin Cities area cinemas.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on May 21, 2020 at 11:18 pm

Bill Huelbig’s is correct about the preview of DOCTOR DOOLITTLE as mentioned in THE STUDIO. Fox had done a similar preview for SOUND OF MUSIC at this theater and regarded it as good luck to preview there. Obviously DOCTOR DOOLITTLE was no SOUND OF MUSIC. But did it also roadshow at the Pantages?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 22, 2020 at 8:53 am

I know doctor doolittle was remade many times but not sound of music which has been remade as a live version.

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