Arcade Theatre

947 Arcade Street,
St. Paul, MN 55106

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Arcade Theatre

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The Arcade Theatre opened in 1918 with seating listed at 475. This theatre was operated by Guttman Theatres.

The theatre closed in 1978 and is now as an establishment called the National Chevy Association.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

The architectural firm of Liebenberg & Kaplan designed alterations for the Arcade Theatre in 1934 and again in 1941-1942.

CJ1949
CJ1949 on June 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm

There were many owners of the Arcade Theatre. It did not close in ‘69. It ran to at least late 1977, possibly into 1978. Donald Guttman acquired it from Harry Dickerman in 1944 along with the Roxy in St Paul and the Alhambra and Northtown in north Minneapolis. In the 1970s the programming was X-rated or 2nd run Hollywood films. Two articles about it were in the St Paul papers, 12/8/76 and 9/20/77. There were probably a few closings and then reopenings post-1969 which may explain the confusion. The theatre definitely was operating in late 77.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm

The National Chevy Association retails new and used parts for Chevrolet automobiles made from 1949-1954. They appear to do business primarily online, so the building probably houses their offices and warehousing and shipping facilities.

marrossini
marrossini on August 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Hi Twin Cities movie historians. I have heard from many different people that a movie theater once occupied the spot where Korte’s Grocery Store is located (Randolph Ave. and Hamline). This website does not list the store as the site of a movie theater. Does anyone have information about this information? Thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm

marrossini: Dave Kenney’s book Twin Cities Picture Show lists the Randolph Theatre operating from 1937 to 1956 at 1326 Randolph Avenue. I haven’t found any details about it, though.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

Dave Kenney’s book (which I’ve found to be quite reliable) says that the Arcade Theatre closed in 1978, not 1969.

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