Mounds Theatre

1029 Hudson Road,
St. Paul, MN 55106

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Mounds Theatre, St. Paul, MN

The Mounds Theatre was built in 1922 as a cinema and vaudeville house, operated by the Finkelstein & Rubens chain. It was closed in the mid-1960’s. For nearly 40 years the theater sat dark … until 2004!

When restoration started, they found candy wrappers and popcorn boxes from the last movie showing back in 1967! They also found movie posters from silent movies dating back to 1922. What a great time capsule. Hopefully St. Paul will come together to restore the original exterior of the building.

Contributed by Doug Eastlund

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

julian
julian on May 31, 2004 at 11:09 pm

Really interested in the theatre and its program of operation. We are restoring a 250 seat 1936 art deco with limited stage size proscenium opening 24x14-8; stage width 43-6x16 deep, for both projection and performance.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 3, 2008 at 3:15 am

Here is the updated link for the 1950s photo:
http://tinyurl.com/6hh5kf

packer
packer on February 22, 2012 at 5:15 am

Wow! Boy did someone wreck this theater! What a great looking theater in the 50’s. Why would anyone change it to what it looks like now. What a shame.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 2, 2019 at 12:52 am

Below history courtesy Saint Paul Revisited.

  • Built in 1922 as a venue for silent movies and live entertainment

  • Renovated around 1933

  • Renovated again in 1950 including extensive changes to the exterior

  • Closed in July 1967

  • Used as warehouse – 1967 to 2001

  • Most recent renovation started in December 2001

  • Theatre reopened in October 2003

  • Building: 8,600 square feet and partial basement.

  • Originally had a 700-person seating capacity including the balcony. After the renovation, the seating capacity is approximately 250 with no balcony seating.

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