Leola Theater

4944 34th Avenue South,
Minneapolis, MN 55417

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Leola Theatre

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The Leola Theater was operating from around 1928 and was open until the late-1960’s. After closing it became a gymnastics school. It was demolished to provide additional parking space for the nearby Metropolitan State Bank. It holds so many wonderful memories for everyone who lived in South Minneapolis near Nokomis Jr. High.

The Roosevelt Sr. High, Class of 1962, Web site has a wealth of information about this wonderful little theater.

Contributed by David Evans

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm

A Kilgen organ opus 4054 was installed in the Leola Theater in 1928.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

The Leola is listed under independent theaters in this May 1934 ad:
http://tinyurl.com/ybagbaa

rvarani
rvarani on March 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

The Leola was built by Mr. Ollie Lee, hench the name Leola. The Lee family owned and operated the theatre until 1960 when they sold it to the Cygnet Corp. The Lee’s had closed the3 theatre. Cygnet reopened the Leola in 1959 under a lease with the option to buy. Cygnet was a three way partnership of Bill Cumberland, Chet McCalllum and myself.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 am

Modernization described in this 1938 trade article: Boxoffice

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