El Lago Theatre

3506 E. Lake Street,
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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El Lago Theatre

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Opened in 1927, this Moorish style cinema is one of the few surviving cinema buildings along Minneapolis' Lake Street, once a hub of second run nabes.

Contributed by Kirk J. Besse

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docdoowop
docdoowop on November 26, 2008 at 10:30 am

Correction: This theater was known as the “El Lago.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 11:06 am

Lago means lake in Spanish.

GailMarie
GailMarie on December 28, 2008 at 12:56 am

My mother managed The Oaks Bar, which was then located two or three storefronts to the left of the theater, from the late 1930s through 1940 or 1941.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm

According to this page from the University of Minnesota’s web site, the El Lago Theatre was built in 1927 and was designed by Ekman, Holm & Company. It underwent some remodeling in 1931, done by the same architectural firm.

The El Lago was operated by Henry Greene’s Lake Amusement Company, which also operated the Lake and East Lake theaters nearby.

northstar16
northstar16 on April 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm

A 2010 photo, when it was being used as a religious center

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