Har-Mar 11 Cinemas

2100 N. Snelling Avenue,
Roseville, MN 55113

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davidmpls
davidmpls on October 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm

The original twin screen Har Mar was a luxury first run theater. The had a fabulous modern chandelier in the lobby, a supercool pod-like box office and a pair of enormous auditoriums. Number 1 was somewhat larger than Number 2. The twinning of one of the auditoriums was awkward and disappointing, creating a “shotgun” style boxy theater. It’s too bad that the Har Mar deteriorated over the years – it was a fine show palace in it’s day.

nelsonexpert
nelsonexpert on August 25, 2010 at 4:57 am

Opening was 9/16/70 with “On A Clear Day … ” and “Two Mules for Sister Sara”. The third screen debuted 10/19/77.

palebluedot
palebluedot on August 4, 2009 at 12:42 am

You can see some photos of the theatre exterior, interior and projection booth I took while I worked there at FilmTech

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wisdoug
wisdoug on December 11, 2008 at 11:03 pm

There is no sign of the Har-Mar Theaters remaining. The front 3 theaters are now a Staples store, the back are just a big empty shell. History disappeared in a hurry here.

kheila
kheila on December 22, 2007 at 6:14 pm

Although I never got around to seeing a movie there (which I sincerely regret) it’s sad to see a landmark torn down. I live a few blocks away, and when I saw it a few days ago it was completely gutted except for the big chandeliers. A few months ago I remember seeing (what I assume were) the big velvet curtains being thrown in the dumpster. Pretty sad.

bigred
bigred on October 22, 2007 at 7:04 am

The seating cap at the Har Mar 4-11 was 139-175. The smaller theatres were on the left hall. There was a trap door in cinema 8 that came out in the office but the carpet covered the door in the office and the door was behind the screen.

Chaser892
Chaser892 on October 21, 2007 at 5:40 pm

Finally posted some pics I took on the night the place closed. Unfortunately they shut everything down early and had already turned off the famous lights before I got there, but oh well…

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KJB2012
KJB2012 on June 23, 2007 at 1:48 pm

You should change the status to closed since this house has been closed since dec. 2006

bigred
bigred on January 4, 2007 at 2:45 am

I have a few Har Mar pics if you want them give me your e mail. I have a couple that show the chandeliers including one with the light off.

I also noticed that AMC threw all the seats in the dumpsters rather than selling them. It looks like they are determined to make sure no one gets them.

There have always been mice at Har Mar 11. It was usually worse in the back 8. One of the main reasons is it didn’t get cleaned right. The back theaters had a store room at the end of the row of theaters on the right that was just a big store room but at the end of that was another room with the incenarater. It was a mess back there most of the time.

There was a time when just the daily cleaning was poor. They didn’t even clean the equipment at the conc stand correctly if at all. I heard that as bad as it was that it got even worse after AMC took over.

howard00001
howard00001 on January 3, 2007 at 11:33 pm

Yes, my family and I will miss the old theater. It was not exactly beautiful in the classic sense but it did retain that 1970’s feel for it’s entire existence.

I will not forget the chandeliers in the lobby. They looked like a thousand cheap amber drinking tumblers somehow glued together and lighted. I never saw any “Venetian crystal chandeliers” in the last 25 years- I hope those weren’t them (“yikes” if they were).

Mike, if you do take time to photograph the theater, perhaps you could get inside a moment to snap the chandeliers. I see that there is some stripping out going on right now. Perhaps they’re still there.

The last movie we saw was “Syriana.” Not the best in my opinion. We were quite entertained by the obese mouse running up and down the aisle in the movie light. (Quite a “feast” to be had with all that popcorn on the floor.) It was not the first time we had encountered him there. A whispered mention to the manager the previous time gave us a set of free passes that my wife really didn’t want to use. But we did. The last time there we told the manager just for fun. He sighed and shook his head saying: “Yeah- we’ve tried everything. Traps, poison, everything. Nothing works. Oh well, a few more months and he’ll probably move out too. Wonder if he’s still there or if he’s hanging out at Cub Foods ;)

Frontroguy
Frontroguy on December 8, 2006 at 12:25 am

Oh,I see that there is no photo. I will try to take a couple this week and send them in.

Frontroguy
Frontroguy on December 8, 2006 at 12:25 am

Ugh. I did not know it was closing til I read this article.

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Hard to believe that this was closing down. Not hard to believe it was time, just hard when we lose a part of ourselves. This was the theatre I saw “Grease” with my mother 11 times. My Father never went to films, but we went and saw “Midway” along with a packed house. “Rocky” “Fatal Attraction” “Schindler’s List”. I saw a reissue of Rear Window and fell hopelessly in love with Grace Kelly.

The saddest part of taking my family there tonight for one last trip was how empty it was. Management was sending employees home, there was no one to serve. We saw Happy Feet (much better than I had expected) but only had about 20 people in the theatre that sat several hundred. Two families and a contingent from a group home. Maybe some folks behind us, but if they were there, they were gone bye the time we left. The 8 theatres behind the original 3 were nearly ghostlike as well.

Word from the merchants inside was that it definitely will not be replaced by a theatre.

I will miss it.

Jesse Hoheisel
Jesse Hoheisel on December 6, 2006 at 5:02 pm

Well, our fears have become a reality. According to the Pioneer Press as of December 6, 2006 — the same paper that ran the story above — Har Mar Theaters will be closing after 36 years of business on Thursday, December 7 to make way for that new megaplex. Kind of sad to think about all the movies that have come and gone.

First show: 1pm show of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” Sept. 18, 1970.

Last show: 9:50 show of “Stranger Than Fiction,” Dec. 7, 2006.

I’m sad

Chaser892
Chaser892 on December 1, 2006 at 2:21 pm

Screens won’t go dark despite new competition
AMC Theatres' 14-screen complex at Rosedale Center is supposed to start showing movies by mid-December, but that doesn’t necessarily mean “The End'‘ for the company’s 11-screen complex at Har Mar Mall.
"At this point in time, AMC Har Mar 3 and AMC Har Mar 8 will not be closing,’‘ company spokeswoman Melanie Bell said in an e-mail.
That’s despite Rosedale and Har-Mar shopping centers being within a mile and a half of each other.
Meanwhile, the Pioneer Press was unable to reach a spokesman at Regal Entertainment Group for comment on what the arrival of Rosedale’s AMC movie complex might mean for United Artists Pavilion Place 7, which is across the street from Rosedale Center.
Despite AMC’s plans to keep both complexes, some retail experts expect consolidation within the next two years.
"Eventually, we will see fewer theaters,’‘ predicted Dave Brennan, co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence at the University of St. Thomas.
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Chaser892
Chaser892 on June 14, 2006 at 9:16 am

The PioneerPress today had a story about the 1981 tornado and mentioned the theater closing soon. I worked there in the early 90’s and will need to make a goodbye visit. Anyone know how soon the closing is? Thanks.

jmarellano
jmarellano on April 16, 2006 at 1:46 pm

I meant Rosedale Center.

jmarellano
jmarellano on April 16, 2006 at 1:44 pm

AMC looks to be building a new theatre at Roseville Center, thus closing the Har Mar 11.

Jesse Hoheisel
Jesse Hoheisel on March 23, 2006 at 9:19 am

Yea, the front ones are the ones with the history.

bigred
bigred on March 23, 2006 at 3:20 am

I wouldn’t be surprised if the close the Har Mar 4-11. There was a 100 year lease on the front one ( 1-3 ) in the mid ‘90’s but 4-11 only had about a 25 year lease which could be about to expire and maybe a year to year by now. I would hate to see the front one close but it won’t be a loss to close the back ones.

Jesse Hoheisel
Jesse Hoheisel on March 12, 2006 at 11:05 pm

With a new AMC going into the brand new development at the Rosedale Mall less than one mile away, are there plans to kill the Har Mar Theater? I’m not big on Har Mar, but it would be sad to see a theater so old finally kicking the bucket if so.

bigred
bigred on January 22, 2006 at 3:32 am

The layout of the theaters are like that of the theater in Philadelphia because General Cinema had many location split like that but AMC prefers large units

bigred
bigred on September 7, 2005 at 2:49 am

When I worked for General Cinem aI was told that Har Mar never operated under Mann because they didn’t have the money and it was sold to General Cinema along with Southtown and a couple downtown theaters in 1970 and opened shortly afterwards.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on September 1, 2005 at 8:27 pm

The Har-Mar 11 setup (1-3 in the original building, 4-11 in a former supermarket) sound somewhat like the setup at the AMC Orleans 8 Theatre in Philadelphia (1-4 in the original building, built by William Goldman Theatres, 5-8 in the back of a former Pathmark Supermarket, with the front taken by a Pep Boys Auto Store)

josem
josem on October 5, 2004 at 12:17 am

I went a lot to HarMar Mall cinemas during my years at Macalester College. Cinemass 1-3 were alright, buy screens 4-11 were small and nothing special.

budyboy
budyboy on August 18, 2004 at 2:23 am

this place was no improvement to ‘theaters’;

gawd awful, can’t believe it is still open.