La Salle Theatre

2541 Nicollet Avenue,
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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The 400 seat Garrick Theatre was opened in 1914. In 1930, it was renamed La Salle Theatre. It was operated by Franklin Amusement Co., later by Associated Amusement Co and then by Frank & Weompner.

The theatre closed by 1955 when was converted into a recording studio.

Contributed by Chuck

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aaronrmpls
aaronrmpls on March 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm

The original theater building was not demolished. It was converted to a recording studio in 1955 and has been used as such since. For many years it was the famous Kay Bank Studios. It is now Creation Audio, which uses the address 2543 Nicollet.

The theater was built in 1914 as the Garrick Theater.

I corrected the street view to show the building, which looks nothing like it did historically.

CJ1949
CJ1949 on September 9, 2012 at 12:24 am

Some information here needs to be corrected:

I cannot verify this theatre ever had the name Garrick; if it did, it was brief. In 1920 and 1925 the name was LaSalle, so there was no name change in 1930. Many silent theatres changed their names often, or the name while under construction gets into the city directory, and never gets changed for years – in the meantime the name might have been changed at the time the theatre opened. Names also changed with ownerships, fires and a new building or remodeling, etc. Many theatres changed names when sound came in.

The LaSalle Theatre closed in Dec. 1950. The recording studio building permit was pulled in Aug. 1955. This was also a Franklin Amusement Co. theatre (see Avalon, Lyndale) for its entire life; or at least certainly during the sound era. Franklin had it at the time of closing. They also had the Lyndale Theatre, which was in close proximity and that closed in ‘52.

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