Cooper Theatre

5755 Wayzata Boulevard,
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

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Cooper Theatre

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Opened in 1962, the Cooper Theatre was the home of Cinerama in Minneapolis, part of the Golden Triangle of Cooper theatres (with the Cooper Theatre in Denver and the indian Hills Theater in Omaha).

The Cooper Theatre later became the flagship of Plitt Theatres, but eventually closed in January 1991, after a run of the film “Dances With Wolves”.

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Lanea on January 17, 2011 at 9:56 am

One of the pictures links previous was an exterior shot of the cooper with “The Mission” on the sign. Seeing that movie at the cooper was the first date my wife and I went on. I wanted to impress her by going to the classiest place i knew. I remember being disappointed the theater was so run down. We had to pick and choose to find 2 seats together where the springs hadn’t worn through. You could see how nice the place had been but it was worn out. My first memory of the cooper was the movie Airport. I was nice how they redid the lobby to fit with the theme of the movie being played. I will miss the place.

nomoresoco on January 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm

How about a model of the Cooper made of Legos just like this church photo: View link I might have trouble finding lego pieces that are orange in color.

corym1 on February 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

I have an original “Price and Performance schedule” for the movie “Khartoum” 1966. It looks like a small version of the Movie poster on one side and price and show times with the address on the other. This is for the Cooper theatre in MN.
Any interest?

javalynx on April 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I have recently acquired what have been alleged to be seats #103 and #104 from the MN Cooper Theatre. If anyone has any pictures of the seats from the theatre or can validate they are authentic, I would be very interested in knowing for sure.

DTSguy on August 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

Great theater we saw “Abyss”, “Hunt/Red October”, “Godfather 3”, and even “Ten Commandments” in….

Flatnate on December 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I was excited to see that the Cooper was included in a segment produced by Twin Cities Public Television for the Lost Twin Cities III special. It was really well done with lots of pictures and information. Covered everything from the premiere with the Brothers Grimm, to the long run of How the West was Won, Airport and its end with Dances With Wolves. Definitely worth checking out for any Cooper or Cinerama fans. Would love to find a way to put some screen caps up on the site here (although I’m not sure if that is allowed, and I’m not sure if many of the pics were the St. Louis Park Cooper or ones taken from Indian Hills or Denver).

NERVA on November 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I saw Bladerunner (the original cut) at Indian Hills in Omaha in 1982. 10 years later… I saw Bladerunner (The Director’s Cut) at the Cooper Theater in Denver. Glad I was able to see those films in those beautiful movie theaters.

Jesse Hoheisel
Jesse Hoheisel on June 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I just posted a write up about the Cooper on my website. Let me know what you think.

Redwards1 on March 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

This was the best Cinerama installation in America. The screen was gigantic, the projection & sound superb. I recently attended the Cinerama Festival in Los Angeles at the Cinerama Dome and it did not come close to the thrill of seeing & hearing Cinerama at the Cooper. Ironic the Minneapolis Tribune celebrated the opening of the Cooper as the successor to the Radio City movie palace downtown & they have both met the wrecking ball.

Denvercary on March 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I have three Cinerama projectors and a Cinerama sound reproducer like the ones that were installed at the three Cooper Cinerama Theaters during the three-strip Cinerama days. If anybody would like to see them, please contact me at . I would be happy to show them to you. Or, I’ll be happy to send photographs to you.

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