World Theatre

16 N. Seventh Street,
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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aeast
aeast on July 11, 2016 at 11:39 pm

I moved to Minneapolis in 1966. The World began its showings at 10:00 am. I could squeeze in an early movie and still make my afternoon classes at the U. The concession lady who sold popcorn always flexed the box so I’d get an extra generous helping.

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

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 May 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm

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

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

1972 photo added courtesy of Mike Evangelist.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

cheebalicious
cheebalicious on February 6, 2006 at 5:06 am

This and the theater next door are shown towards the beginning of an old Husker Du video, “Makes No Sense At All.” The World looks identical to this pic, except for being run down – tiles missing from the blank marquee, a “For Lease” sign in the window.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2005 at 6:50 pm

The large theatre next door to the World with the sign “Minneapolis Evangelical Auditorium” on the side and the name “Alvin Theatre” on its stage tower, was the 1910 Shubert Theatre, listed on Cinema Treasures under the name it received when remodeled and reopened as a road show house two years after this picture was taken, the Academy.