World Theatre

16 N. Seventh Street,
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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1977 photo credit William Burleson, who worked there at the time.

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Opened as the Garden Theatre in 1915, the 600-seat theater was closed by the late-1920’s.

It was totally rebuilt in 1933 and reopened as the World Theatre. Originally screening foreign features, the World Theatre soon began showing first-run features.

In the late-1940’s, it was modernized, both inside and out, and seating was increased to 461 with the enlargement of the balcony.

Starting in 1949, with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", it became known as the place to see the latest MGM musicals, into the mid-1950’s.

When Ted Mann acquired the World Theatre in 1955, it was once more rebuilt, in Modernist style, at the cost of over $150,000. The architectural firm Liebenbreg & Kaplan carried out the rebuild.

The World Theatre remained a popular venue for first-class films for decades, including its longest run ever, when "The Graduate" ran for over a year beginning in 1967, and was also was its highest-grossing film.

In 1983, the World Theatre was closed, and torn down a few years later.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 4, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Here is the video mentioned on 2/6/06. I think that’s the Academy in the beginning of the video as well:
http://tinyurl.com/5ownqm

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 4, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Here is a view of both theaters from wikipedia, circa 1957:
http://tinyurl.com/6hfdpo

Supr8
Supr8 on June 19, 2011 at 2:59 am

Here’s some trivia about The World and/or Academy (Shubert) theaters: Purple Rain was filmed in Minneapolis, including a lot of scenes at the First Avenue nightclub directly across 7th Street (the former Greyhound bus depot). The scene in which Jerome Benton dumps a woman in a trash bin was shot in the alley next to one or both of the theaters.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 21, 2011 at 2:13 am

When Ted Mann had the World Theatre remodeled in 1955, the project was designed by Liebenberg & Kaplan. Boxoffice of October 22, 1955, published a four-page article about the project, which begins here.

dmmaasch
dmmaasch on July 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Before it was remodeled in 1933, the lobby fronted on Hennepin Avenue. Later, during Ted Mann’s tenure, the balcony was remodeled into his offices and screening room, with an entrance on 7th. Street.

dmmaasch
dmmaasch on July 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Before it was remodeled in 1933, the lobby fronted on Hennepin Avenue. Later, during Ted Mann’s tenure, the balcony was remodeled into his offices and screening room, with an entrance on 7th. Street.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 20, 2015 at 7:36 pm

1972 photo added courtesy of Mike Evangelist.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm

1977 photo added, credit William Burleson, who worked there at the time.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 7, 2015 at 9:16 pm

1958 photo added courtesy of The Last Remaining Seats Facebook page. Possibly the same photo from the 2008 dead link.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 24, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Photo added to Photos Section. Photo credit and below copy Ⓒ James Orndorf.

The WORLD Theater letters were removed in the middle of the night by Tom H. and brought to First Ave., they were used in a downtown holiday decorating contest, which the Ave. lost to Glam Slam (I think).

They eventually disappeared from the Ave. when the storage room was gutted for the bar behind the ladies restroom.

Ⓒ James Orndorf

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