Broadway Twin Theatre

338 S. Broadway Avenue,
Albert Lea, MN 56007

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Architects: Jack J. Liebenberg

Firms: Liebenberg and Kaplan

Previous Names: Broadway Theatre, New Broadway Theatre

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Broadway Twin Theatre

The Broadway Theatre opened January 13, 1903. It was modernised in October 1951 to the plans of architectural firm Liebenberg & Kaplan. It was twinned on November 14, 1975 and was closed January 17, 1988.

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Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

anomie666 on February 23, 2006 at 3:55 pm

I found this article about this theater.

kencmcintyre on August 16, 2006 at 4:50 pm

Here is a 1940 photo of the Broadway:

balconyboy on June 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

The Broadway closed in 1987. One of the last films to play there was “La Bamba”, a film whose era was occupied by Eddie Cochran ( born in Albert Lea in 1938 ).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

The finding aid to the Liebenberg & Kaplan papers at the University of Minnesota lists the Broadway Theatre in Albert Lea as a 1927 project, with additional work done in the period 1942-1947.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Street View is set to the wrong location. The Broadway Theatre was at the northwest corner of Broadway and College Street, as shown in the 1940 photo kencmcintyre linked to on August 16, 2006. The facade was remodeled (probably part of Liebenberg & Kaplan’s work of the later 1940s) after that photo was taken, but the building still stands and still has the name Broadway emblazoned across the front above the upper floor windows.

SethG on December 7, 2018 at 9:45 am

Added a ‘new’ photo. Didn’t take any of just the theater. Rather a severe and blocky remodel, in the yellow limestone over red granite(?) that seems to have been very popular in the region. Not really my taste, but I assume it looked a lot better with the marquee. Just out of frame, the side of the building is much older, with a lot of bricked up windows.

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