Mann Southtown Theatre

7770 Penn Avenue S,
Bloomington,
Bloomington, MN 55423

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Fabuladico
Fabuladico on October 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

I saw a lot of movies there. I remember seeing my first Bond movie there. I also saw the now banned “Song of the South” there. Too bad it’s banned. It was great movie. The last movie I remember seeing there was Star Trek/the Search for Spock. I hated it when they tore it down. Bloomington has no theaters anymore, and the Mann was the last.

Fabuladico
Fabuladico on October 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

I saw a lot of movies there. I remember seeing my first Bond movie there. I also saw the now banned “Song of the South” there. Too bad it’s banned. It was great movie. The last movie I remember seeing there was Star Trek/the Search for Spock. I hated it when they tore it down. Bloomington has no theaters anymore, and the Mann was the last.

ChevelleSSguy
ChevelleSSguy on March 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I also had the privlege of seeing The Empire Strikes Back there. It was the only time I ever saw a movie there.

DTSguy
DTSguy on August 27, 2011 at 3:58 am

They hosted a Star Trek (1-5) marathon there one Saturday which was a lot of fun…..will never forget they trumpeted the twin cities premiere of the ST6 trailer which the audience went nuts for…

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Sorry it ended I was enjoying the “STAR WARS” debate.Budyboy100,if you are still around.Michael knows his “STAR WARS” movies He corrected me on it and I was a Dang Theatre MANAGER!!!!!!!!!

northstar16
northstar16 on October 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Here is a more close-up view of the same photo (scroll down to bottom):
http://tinyurl.com/2ebvv5b

northstar16
northstar16 on October 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Here is a circa 1968 photo of the Mann Southtown (third photo from the top):
View link

nwatara
nwatara on May 25, 2009 at 5:34 am

I would appreciate it if someone would email me photos of the Mann Southtown Theater (exterior/lobby, especially!). I am also looking for a picture of the old Valley West Theater which was located in the Valley West Shopping Center. I know it wasn’t near as fancy as the Southtown Theater, but it would mean alot to see a photo of it. The building is now for sale (again. Whenever I see the building I can’t help but remember the oversised red velvet draperies that once hung on the windows in the lobby. My email address is I love this website!!!

Bloominggirl
Bloominggirl on March 7, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Hello, Do any of you have any PHOTOS of the Mann Southtown Theater? If so, could you please email them to ? I would love to see them and also share them with my older brothers! That place was definitely magical. I loved looking at the bright orange stones that glowed along the entryway walls as you entered the women’s bathroom. The bathroom didn’t have an entrance door. It just curved around so no one could see you inside it. That place was way-ahead-of-its-time (futuristic) and now it’s gone. So sad. Janet

MinnesotaJones
MinnesotaJones on January 14, 2009 at 7:13 am

Oops. I meant I saw SW at Southdale in 1977, not 1978…. sorry.

MinnesotaJones
MinnesotaJones on January 14, 2009 at 7:12 am

Thanks for the photos my friend! Good memories!

I do remember seeing a re-run of Return of the Jedi there in 1985 or 1986 approx. I remember the re-release of Star Wars in 1979, but that was at the Edina Theater at the time. I remember seeing Star Wars at the Southdale theater in 1978.

When I saw Empire Strikes back there during the summer of 1980, they had one of those goofy “straw polls” (it was an election year) – where you selected your straw from a bin or something for Reagan, Carter, or Jessie Jackson(can’t remember offhand if he was candidate #3 or not…).

MinnesotaJones
MinnesotaJones on January 13, 2009 at 10:03 am

I remember seeing Empire there back in 1980! After the split, I saw “9 to 5” there. Was never quite the same once it split in two. I remember when they had Batman Returns there, they got a huge spotlight and had a big cardboard bat symbol on it! Unfortunately, the clouds or whatnot didn’t show the signal like it did in the comics and movies, but a full size batsignal there in person WAS slick! I miss the Southtown!!!!!

Bigred, I’d love to see your photos too if you can. I’m at: – thanks!

R2D2
R2D2 on September 14, 2008 at 7:17 am

Great research, Michael Coate! I think you’ve proven without question the oiginal STAR WARS movie never played at Southtown. Me thinks “BuddyBoy100” may be confusing STAR WARS with STAR TREK.

Coate
Coate on September 9, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Budyboy100:

The following is what played at SOUTHTOWN from September 1978 (where the previous list ended) through autumn 1980, at which time the theater closed for remodeling and re-emerged a twin in early 1981.

09.08.1978 … GREASE
09.15.1978 … GREASE
09.22.1978 … GREASE
09.29.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
10.06.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
10.13.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
10.20.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
10.27.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
11.03.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
11.10.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
11.17.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
11.24.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
12.01.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
12.08.1978 … DEATH ON THE NILE
12.15.1978 … SUPERMAN
12.22.1978 … SUPERMAN
12.29.1978 … SUPERMAN

01.05.1979 … SUPERMAN
01.12.1979 … SUPERMAN
01.19.1979 … SUPERMAN
01.26.1979 … SUPERMAN
02.02.1979 … SUPERMAN
02.09.1979 … SUPERMAN
02.16.1979 … SUPERMAN
02.23.1979 … SUPERMAN
03.02.1979 … SUPERMAN
03.09.1979 … SUPERMAN
03.16.1979 … SUPERMAN
03.23.1979 … SUPERMAN
03.30.1979 … SUPERMAN
04.06.1979 … SUPERMAN
04.13.1979 … SUPERMAN
04.20.1979 … SUPERMAN
04.27.1979 … SUPERMAN
05.04.1979 … SUPERMAN
05.11.1979 … SUPERMAN
05.18.1979 … SUPERMAN
05.25.1979 … HAIR
06.01.1979 … HAIR
06.08.1979 … HAIR
06.15.1979 … HAIR
06.22.1979 … THE MAIN EVENT
06.29.1979 … THE MAIN EVENT
07.06.1979 … THE MAIN EVENT
07.13.1979 … THE MAIN EVENT
07.20.1979 … THE MAIN EVENT
07.27.1979 … THE MAIN EVENT
08.03.1979 … THE MAIN EVENT
08.10.1979 … THE MAIN EVENT
08.17.1979 … MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI
08.24.1979 … MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI
08.31.1979 … MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI
09.07.1979 … MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI
09.14.1979 … MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI
09.21.1979 … MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI
09.28.1979 … THE AMERICAN SUCCESS COMPANY
10.05.1979 … THE AMERICAN SUCCESS COMPANY
10.12.1979 … TILL I NEED GLASSES
10.19.1979 … AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
10.26.1979 … AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
11.02.1979 … AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
11.09.1979 … AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
11.16.1979 … AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
11.23.1979 … AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
11.30.1979 … AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
12.07.1979 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
12.14.1979 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
12.21.1979 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
12.28.1979 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE

01.04.1980 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
01.11.1980 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
01.18.1980 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
01.25.1980 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
02.01.1980 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
02.08.1980 … STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
02.15.1980 … FOOLIN’ AROUND
02.22.1980 … FOOLIN’ AROUND
02.29.1980 … FOOLIN’ AROUND
03.07.1980 … FOOLIN’ AROUND
03.14.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
03.21.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
03.28.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
04.04.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
04.11.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
04.18.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
04.25.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
05.02.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
05.09.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
05.16.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION
05.21.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
05.30.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
06.06.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
06.13.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
06.20.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
06.27.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
07.04.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
07.11.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
07.18.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
07.25.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
08.01.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
08.08.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
08.15.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
08.22.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
08.29.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
09.05.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
09.12.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
09.19.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
09.26.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
10.03.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
10.10.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
10.17.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
10.24.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
10.31.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
11.07.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
11.14.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
11.21.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
11.28.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
12.05.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
12.12.1980 … Closed for remodeling

Sources: Variety and the Minneapolis Tribune

Coate
Coate on August 27, 2008 at 12:03 am
Their reporte[r] agreed with me, go forward another year, I know what I saw, as did their reporter...... And I never said it was during the 'original' release. Just that is where I saw it, as did many others. -- posted by budyboy100

Budyboy100:
“Star Wars” was re-released during mid-August 1979…and it did not play at SOUTHTOWN. The SOUTHTOWN during the few weeks of that re-release, per the Tribune and Variety microfilm, was showing “More American Graffiti.”

The thing that you and the newspaper reporter seem to have in common is that you’re both misremembering where you think you saw the original “Star Wars.” Considering my research has shown the original “Star Wars” movie did not play at SOUTHTOWN during 1977, 1978, or 1979, and considering both “Star Wars” sequels did play at SOUTHTOWN for several months in 1980 and 1983 makes me think you are simply confusing “Star Wars” with “The Empire Strikes Back” or “Return Of The Jedi.”

Mark_L
Mark_L on August 10, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Buddyboy 100,

I’m really confused about what you are saying. In your post of 12/25/2007, you asked

“Help anyone, Michael C. and I a having an ongoing debate about whether or not Star Wars (the original) played at the Southtown back in 1977. (Not whether it opened there, it apparently didn’t, but a short time later if it played there.)”

Now, Michael Coate has rather conclusively proved that the film did not play there in 1977 OR 1978. You specifically asked Michael C. to list the films in 1977 from the opening of STAR WARS through August in your post of Jan. 13, 2008. He’s done that, and no STAR WARS. Seems to me he has proven his case. So, when DID you see STAR WARS at the Southtown?

Mark L.

budyboy100
budyboy100 on August 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm

bigred,

if u have pics of Southtown, would u please post them so we can all c them? that would b great.

bb

budyboy100
budyboy100 on August 10, 2008 at 3:49 pm

And I never said it was during the ‘original’ release. Just that is where I saw it, as did many others..

tsts

budyboy100
budyboy100 on August 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Michael Coate,

How did you get the Minneapolis Tribune as your source??

Their reported agreed with me, go forward another year, I know what I saw, as did their reporter……

bb

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on August 5, 2008 at 7:25 am

Thanks for that impressive list of screenings Michael. I can only drool at the idea of seeing these films all in one month at the Southtown and on that screen:

12.02.1977 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
12.09.1977 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
12.16.1977 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

Sign me up.

Coate
Coate on August 5, 2008 at 5:44 am

Yes, as pointed out in the Remembering Die Hard article posted a couple of weeks ago, Minneapolis was among the 20 markets selected to showcase “Die Hard” in 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo a week ahead of its nationwide release.

dqualley
dqualley on August 3, 2008 at 12:50 am

Sorry, about the last post. I met to say Die Hard. I worked for Control Data at the time. They supplied the movie company with a mock-up of the main-frame computer that you see in several of the shots.

dqualley
dqualley on August 3, 2008 at 12:43 am

I saw die here when it opened.

Coate
Coate on August 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm
Help anyone, Michael C. and I are having an ongoing debate about whether or not Star Wars (the original) played at the Southtown back in 1977. Anyone see Star Wars at the Southtown? -- posted by budyboy100

"STAR WARS" DID NOT PLAY AT SOUTHTOWN DURING 1977. -- posted by Michael Coate

Budyboy100…Hopefully, this will put to rest any question of whether or not “Star Wars” played at SOUTHTOWN per your memory. What follows is a week by week breakdown of the bookings for the SOUTHTOWN during the 67-week run of “Star Wars.” As you can see, at no time during that original release did “Star Wars” play at SOUTHTOWN.

05.27.1977 … ROCKY
06.03.1977 … ROCKY
06.10.1977 … ROCKY
06.17.1977 … ROCKY
06.24.1977 … ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
07.01.1977 … ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
07.08.1977 … ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
07.15.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
07.22.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
07.29.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
08.05.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
08.12.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
08.19.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
08.26.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
09.02.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
09.09.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
09.16.1977 … THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
09.23.1977 … A STAR IS BORN
09.30.1977 … A STAR IS BORN
10.07.1977 … THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT
10.14.1977 … THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT
10.21.1977 … THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT / TOM THUMB
10.28.1977 … CARRIE
11.04.1977 … DAMNATION ALLEY
11.11.1977 … CAMELOT
11.18.1977 … LED ZEPPELIN: THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME
11.25.1977 … POCO: THE ADVENTURES OF A LITTLE DOG LOST
12.02.1977 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
12.09.1977 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
12.16.1977 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
12.23.1977 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
12.30.1977 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
01.06.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
01.13.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
01.20.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
01.27.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
02.03.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
02.10.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
02.17.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
02.24.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
03.03.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
03.10.1978 … CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
03.17.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
03.24.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
03.31.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
04.07.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
04.14.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
04.21.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
04.28.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
05.05.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
05.12.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
05.19.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
05.26.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
06.02.1978 … THE GOODBYE GIRL
06.09.1978 … HERE COME THE TIGERS
06.16.1978 … GREASE
06.23.1978 … GREASE
06.30.1978 … GREASE
07.07.1978 … GREASE
07.14.1978 … GREASE
07.21.1978 … GREASE
07.28.1978 … GREASE
08.04.1978 … GREASE
08.11.1978 … GREASE
08.18.1978 … GREASE
08.25.1978 … GREASE
09.01.1978 … GREASE

Source: Minneapolis Tribune

mntwister
mntwister on April 19, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Big Red, I would LOVE to see the photos you have of this theater, if you could, my email is , I would be very grateful. Thank you.