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

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

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 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 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 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 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.

gliocchicastani on October 4, 2014 at 1:10 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 on October 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

My email address is . Thanks.

Chris1982 on October 5, 2014 at 3:15 am

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

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