520 Hennepin Avenue,
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When the 1,000-seat Unique Theatre opened on Hennepin Avenue in 1904, it was attended by dignataries and the mayor of Minneapolis, with ushers attired in 18th century costume and powdered wigs.
Although originally primarily a vaudeville house, the Unique Theatre (which its management advertised it in the papers as a “family theatre”) also presented movies and sing-alongs early on.
In the early years of the 20th century, a young (and practically unknown) Charlie Chaplin appeared in the Twin Cities for the first time on the Unique Theatre’s stage, the main reason the theatre is remembered today.
Though the Unique Theatre closed by 1933, and has long since been demolished, as plaque near the spot where the theatre once stood (at a bus shelter) makes note of Chaplin’s appearance there.
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