6901 France Ave S,
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Opened in 1966, at the Southdale Shopping Center, the Cinema I & II was the first twin theater built in Minnesota. Cinema I could seat about 1200, while Cinema II sat 750.
The theater originally featured a small art gallery in its lobby, displaying works of local artists.
In 1975, the former Cinema I was twinned itself, into two 600 seat auditoriums, and five years later, the former Cinema II was divided as well, into two 360-seat auditoriums.
In 1979, Francis Ford Coppola held a private screening of his “Apocalypse Now” which even the movie studio wasn’t told of, with Coppola brining in the reels of the film himself. The priviledged audience only gave the rough cut of the film a lukewarm response.
In the 80s, the theater became known as the Southdale 4, and during this time, the gallery was replaced by a video game arcade.
In 1990, the Southdale was shuttered and soon afterward torn down.
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