Grandview 1 & 2

1830 Grand Avenue,
St. Paul, MN 55105

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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

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 20, 2007 at 6:26 pm

This is another recent photo of the Mann Grandview 2 Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 17, 2007 at 9:30 am

A more recent photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 26, 2007 at 6:46 am

Both movies titles on the marquee were released in June of 1984.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 27, 2008 at 8:18 pm

On the Mann Theatres website the name of this theater is Grandview 1 & 2.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

This is a nice 2009 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 3, 2009 at 11:01 am

Another 2009 photo is here.

mazzart
mazzart on February 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

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

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packer
packer on August 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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.

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