85 S. 11th Street,
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Originally the first Minneapolis Auditorium Building, opened in 1905, the theatre was rebuilt and renamed the Lyceum Theatre, opening on October 25, 1924 with Blanch Sweet in “Tess of the Durbervilles”. It was managed by none other than showman S.L. “Roxy” Rothafel, who went on to open the Roxy Theatre in New York. The Lyceum Theatre sat around 1,800 and cost more than $350,000 to construct. A ballroom was also built into the building.
Originally a first-run house, the format was switched to roadshows during the 1930’s, starting in 1933.
The roadshow idea never became popular at the Lyceum Theatre, so by 1938, it had been reduced to screening “Birth of a Baby” which had been banned in many cities for its controversial footage. However, unlike the roadshow films, “Baby” drew full houses and had quite a long run.
By the 1940’s, however, legitimate theater had replaced movies at the Lyceum Theatre, which such stars as Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, Anthony Quinn and Phil Silvers appearing onstage. When rent rose dramatically in the late-1950’s, the theatre closed.
For many years afterwards, the Lyceum Theatre housed a church. Around 1973, it was razed to make way for the new Orchestra Hall complex.
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