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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Gatsby
Gatsby on August 28, 2002 at 2:39 pm

Anyone know if Mann is planning on selling the Grandview? Does anyone have experience or interest in investing in it if it is going up for sale? The Highland, the other small cinema just a few miles away, was recently sold and will become a “children’s theater”. That’s great, but I’m very interested in making sure the Grandview remains a cinema. Anyone interested in starting some “community action” or “community investing”? Thoughts?

josem
josem on October 17, 2002 at 1:51 pm

Great movie theater located just four blocks from Macalester College. The first floor screen was great and the atmosphere was always sophisticated and relaxed. Saw many memorable movies there, including “Raging Bull” I truly hope the Grandview remains operating as a movie theater.

JohnBoze
JohnBoze on February 29, 2004 at 1:50 pm

I’m not sure why the Highland doesn’t have it’s own listing, but here’s a quick update on the status of both as cinema houses. The Highland sale to the children’s theatre did not go through in 2002. The city recently put forth loans and grant money to the Mann Co. stipulating that the loans will be forgiven as long as both theaters remain operating as cinemas through 2013.

Full text of article here.

bcgorder
bcgorder on November 27, 2004 at 5:25 pm

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 8, 2005 at 6:39 pm

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 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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