AMC Block E 15
600 Hennepin Avenue,
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The Crown 15 opened in 2002 on the top floor of Minneapolis new Block e entertainment building. It is block E on city maps. During the long years of trying to get a block rebuilt, it just became known as Block E and the name stuck.
Theatres have been part of this block since the 19th century. The Regent Theatre and Garden Theatre were early houses located here, along with the Shubert Theatre. The World Cinema opened in the 1930’s. By the 1980’s the block had become “crime central”. The Regent Theatre and the Garden Theatre were long gone. The World Theatre and Academy(nee Shubert) Theatre sat vacant. Two hole in the wall porno cinemas, however, had opened.
Finally the entire block, except for the Shubert Theatre, was razed. The 1910 Shubert was moved two blocks away allowing for the entire block to be built on.
Like all downtown cinemas, the Crown suffers from a parking problem. It was taken over by Kerasotes Theatre in September 2007 and by AMC Theatres in May 2010. It was closed on September 23, 2012.
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