Pantages Theater

708 Hennepin Avenue,
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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1937 photo & copy credit Bryce Merriman.

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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.

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Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

Coate on March 24, 2015 at 10:37 am

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Mann. With a reserved-seat run of 95 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?)

Also, on a related note, I would like to mention my new 50th anniversary retrospective for “The Sound of Music” can be read here. It includes a film historian Q&A and a list of the film’s roadshow engagements. I hope fans of the movie and/or theater buffs enjoy the article.

DavidZornig on May 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Winter `68 partial marquee photo added. Photo credit Denny Schwartz, courtesy of Gary Schwartz.

DavidZornig on May 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Great 1977 photo added courtesy of William Burleson.

DavidZornig on November 24, 2015 at 4:24 pm

1987-88 photo added © James Orndorf.

rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 7:47 am

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 7:54 am

Ted Mann article

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rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 9:29 am

Opening as Pan Theatre

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rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 9:29 am

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

rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 9:34 am

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

Coate on June 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

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.

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