Grandview 1 & 2

1830 Grand Avenue,
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Grandview 1 & 2

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The Grandview originally opened in 1933 — a small neighborhood theater, built in an Art Moderne style by architect Myrtus A. Wright, who also designed the larger Streamline style Highland Theatre, also in Saint Paul, a few years later.

The facade features a gorgeous marquee in black and white lit by neon and light bulbs, the theater’s name surrounded by triangular-shaped patterns. Twin columns of shiny purplish-green vitrolite frame the marquee.

In 1972, the balcony was closed off into a tiny second auditorium. However, the Grandview 1 & 2, which is currently part of the Mann Theatres, MN chain, still retains most of its original Art Moderne look, both inside and out.

It remains a great place to get something of an old-fashioned movie going experience.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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bcgorder
bcgorder on November 28, 2004 at 1:25 am

I think the Grandview had a much classier name when referred to as the Grandview Fine Arts Theater, and of course the balcony theater referred to as The Screening Room. I first went to the Screening Room to see “Young Frankenstein”. It was a new experience at the time to view a film in such an intimate surrounding. A great comedy combined with a full house in a small theater made for probably one of my most pleasant moviegoing experience.

A couple of questions: Does anyone remember “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” playing first run there? Did it actually show for a year there? Or is that just an over-fond memory?

And does the Grandview still have the silver screen?

sheepy
sheepy on January 9, 2005 at 2:39 am

I know Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid showed at the Highland because I saw it there. I don’t recall it showing at the Grandview; would they have shown the same movie within that close of a distance?

mazzart
mazzart on February 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Here’s an oil painting of Grandview…it’s for sale on my art site:

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packer
packer on August 11, 2012 at 5:06 am

The balcony has been converted into a small theater. Keyword small. Pretty cozy up there but still neat. It is a great theatre in a nice historic neighborhood. Me and my gal went to a movie here last summer.

gliocchicastani
gliocchicastani on October 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Mann Theaters is planning to cover the black Vitrolite glass towers with sheet metal. According to a reliable source, the City of St. Paul was “forcing” them to do it because the City thinks Vitrolite possibly falling off the building poses a hazard. If anyone is interested in helping me intervene, please contact me. Jeff

gliocchicastani
gliocchicastani on October 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm

My email address is . Thanks.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

Vitrolite comes out of St. Louis, Mo and I have never heard of such nonsense about it being a hazard and falling off.

Johnmurphy1962
Johnmurphy1962 on April 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm

My first job was as an usher here in 1978. Years later I saw Batman Forever there as was amazed that the place looked exactly the same.

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