Oak Street Cinema

309 Oak Street SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm

March 31st, 1995 grand opening ad as Oak Street Cinema in the photo section.

rivest266 on January 15, 2017 at 4:22 am

August 16th, 1935 grand opening ad as Campus in the photo secton.

Charliemn on June 11, 2012 at 6:07 am

Ah no! say it isn’t so! I went there a bunch of times.

biograph68 on October 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Sadly, the theater is now demolished. Here is a link showing several photos of the demolition. View link

biograph68 on August 20, 2011 at 2:44 am

The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul will be leaving the Oak Street Cinema for good with an Open House and Sale on Aug. 25, 2011. According to the organization’s email announcement, the block on which the theater stands is slated for redevelopment.

Barry Kryshka
Barry Kryshka on July 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

The Oak Street Cinema is closed. The city has shut the building as unsafe. I believe it is pending sale and demolition.

KJB2012 on March 14, 2008 at 12:45 am

This cinema will closing soon. Plans are to raze it.

ahmechai on December 18, 2007 at 5:56 pm

Any mention of the Oak Street Cinema without mentioning it’s founder, Bob Cowgill, would be incomplete. Bob’s steadfast vision for film exhibition in Minneapolis is responsible for the Oak Street Cinema’s very existence. He reclaimed the theater from disrepair and brought a vision to Twin City movie lovers with a passion and intensity only rivaled by Al Milgrom of the U Film Society. Bob’s hard-nosed business sense is what kept the theater alive in difficult times. It was Bob who understood that in order to do the kind of programming he envisioned, the theater needed to become a non-profit and to obtain corporate sponsorship. It was Bob who struggled mightily to forge the merger with the difficult, temperamental, and recalcitrant Milgrom so that both the Oak Street and the U Film Society could survive. Both Bob and I managed the Campus Theater early in our ‘movie careers’. In 1975, I recruited him from the Campus Theater to manage the Cedar Theatre across the river. I am pleased to have had him as a friend all these years and to have the opportunity to acknowledge him here for making the Oak Street Cinema a treasure among the nation’s movie theaters.

KJB2012 on September 20, 2007 at 9:46 pm

The Oak has re-opened. They recently had Bergman Tribute which included a new 35 MM print of “The Seventh Seal”.

ephender on August 7, 2007 at 9:50 pm

That may be true. Still, it’s hard not to be a little bitter when one considers their programs of summers past, like the fantastic Robert Altman retro in 2002.

KJB2012 on July 30, 2007 at 7:14 pm

The cinema has closed for the summer. This is due to lack of business they say. We shall see if the house reopens in the fall.

ephender on July 29, 2007 at 4:15 pm

For all intents and purposes, this theater is basically closed.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 20, 2005 at 8:00 pm

Looks like some truly great programming here judging by the link to their current schedule.

BoxOfficeBill on February 15, 2005 at 2:48 pm

What a terrific theater! Though long and narrow, it has a graceful rake, and seats are spaced for comfort, leg-room, and staggered viewing. The deep-red tapestried walls lead to a proscenium framed by an Egyprtian entablature. The nicely proportioned screen with perfect masking supports crisp wide-screen projection and a resonant sound system, though I imagine that, because of the narrow opening, the screen’s height would be drastically shortened for CinemaScope films. The most stylish decorative feature is the art-deco sculptural design of its side lights, each sustaining three curved bays lit alternately in red-green-red reflected light. The lobby sports a grand old 35mm projector. As a visitor to town last weekend, I saw the new Iranian comedy, “The Lizard,” played to a moderately full and enthusiastic house. Its sophisticated weekly programming, announced months in advance, concentrates on world cinema, old and new, with some Hollywood classic revivals. Good job!