Cedar Theatre

416 Cedar Avenue S,
Minneapolis, MN 55454

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Functions: Cultural Center, Live Performances

Previous Names: Cedar Village Theatre, Cedar Cultural Center

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 612.338.2674

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Cedar Theatre

Opened on October 28, 1948, it became the Cedar Village Theatre and had become an adult porn theatre when it was closed in around 1973.

It re-opened, again named the Cedar Theatre in 1975 and began a policy of screening quality movies and occasional live performances which continued until 1985. The theatre was later used by the Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Minnesota Opera Company. Today, known as the Cedar Cultural Center, the theatre is mostly a venue for folk music.

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JimDixon on May 4, 2005 at 2:42 pm

The Cedar is now owned by a nonprofit organization and is also known as Cedar Cultural Center. It is mainly a folk music venue. See

The Cedar
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454

JackCoursey on September 29, 2005 at 2:44 pm

You can view some recent photos of the Cedar at View link

e50e on October 10, 2005 at 6:46 pm

That’s my flickr stream—-if anyone wants any info on the Cedar I’ve got it! I was part of creating a museum exhibit for the Cedar last Fall/Winter, as well as getting their marquee restoration project going (with three other classmates). Also, see the exhibit currently up in their lobby (that I put up ;])

CHRasch on December 11, 2006 at 7:34 pm

The Cedar Theater was a sweet venue in the “good years” between the Porn years and the Dancers.

I took my little daughters there to see the original version of “KING KONG” and later to “POLYESTER.” That was a great night. It was a full “scratch and sniff” performance… complete with a heckler who stepped out of line to attack us “suburbanites” for going to a movie like this. Tides of laughter would break out as the number appeared on the screen and everyone scratched the appropriate spot on the card…. What a night. My little daughters were never the same… They became very strong. I also saw “PUTNEY SWOPE” there in the wonderful years before Political Correctness.

CHRasch on December 11, 2006 at 7:44 pm

The most wonderful visit to the Cedar Theater was an early afternoon first date with “Trina the French Teacher.” It was the beginning of a 4 or 5 or 6 year love affair at a showing of “Jonas Que Aura 25 Ans L'an 2000.” (1976) It was in June of 1977. The quality and fun and variety of films shown there was wonderful. It is a huge loss to “Snoose Boulevard” and the West Bank when it closed. The films matched the mood of the block. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood was a center of 60s and 70s Left Politics. The “Dump Lyndon Johnson” movement may have started there in either Dania Hall or the old Mixers bar. The 400 Club still keeps that era alive.. but, the neighborhood has never recovered its charm for me without the Cedar Theater or the French teacher.

Trolleyguy on April 19, 2016 at 9:33 am

Website: http://www.thecedar.org/

rivest266 on August 22, 2023 at 1:56 pm

opened on October 28th, 1948. Grand opening ad posted.

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