Lyndale Theatre

2932 Lyndale Avenue S.,
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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Previously operated by: Finkelstein & Ruben, Publix Theaters Corporation

Architects: A.L. Garlough

Functions: Bar

Previous Names: New Lyndale Theatre

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Lyndale Theatre

The New Lyndale Theatre opened May 5, 1915. It was closed in 1930, but reopened in 1931. It closed for good in 1952. In 1954 it was converted into a grocery store, then became a furniture store. It became a bingo hall from 1973 until 1990. It became an antique store, but this has closed. By 2016 it was in use as a bar.

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KJB2012 on June 27, 2010 at 11:14 am

The Lyndale theatre is still standing. It was not demolished. It is currently for rent. Even the marquee is still there. It looks no different that the photo from 1982. It was used for retail for a number of years.

CJ1949 on September 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

This is in reference to this page and the /theaters/31180 link as well. To clear all this up, many pieces of misinformation need to be corrected, so here goes:

  1. Elite Theatre was the early name of the Metro Theatre during the silent era, 2519 27th Av. S. The building still stands.

  2. I don’t believe there was ever a theatre at 424 20th Av. N. That might not be a real address, either. Doesn’t sound right. I cannot link a theatre to that address in any of my notes.

  3. The Lyndale theatre was at 2932-2934 Lyndale Av. S., near the intersection of Lyndale Av & Lake St. in south Minneapolis. It was always called the Lyndale. The building permit was issued in 1914 – I have seen it. It was a Finkelstein & Ruben/Publix house until they pulled out of it in 1930. After that, it was the W. R. Frank-Oscar Woempner-Val Nearpass circuit called Franklin Amusement Co. One of the managers of the theatre during the Publix days was Edward Heimberger who went to Hollywood to become Eddie Albert. The Lyndale Theatre closed in 1952. In early 1954 it became a grocery, and was a furniture store for about a decade, 1962-72, roughly. It was a bingo hall for the American Legion 1973-1990. After that, an antiques store. Was vacant on a drive-by in 2006. Don’t know what the status is now. Another piece of trivia is that there was a booth fire in the Lyndale in 1940.

Do not rely on Motion Picture Almanac, Film Daily Yearbook and Polk city directories for information. They are often more wrong than right. All they are good for is giving a theatre name and an address, then you have to check those out thoroughly from there. The seating capacities are wrong 98% of the time.

The Lyndale Theatre building is not large – even in the old days when seats were smaller and tighter – I doubt it was ever more than 500 seats and was probably closer to 400.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

The foundation was in for the theater being built at 2932 Lyndale Avenue, according to an item in the December 26, 1914, issue of Construction News. The $31,000 project for the Calhoun Theater Co. had been designed by architect A.L. Garlough.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Also, this theater has not been demolished. It still shows up in Google street view at its correct address of 2932 Lyndale Avenue South.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 1, 2014 at 12:55 am

Dave Kenney’s Twin Cities Picture Show: A Century of Moviegoing lists two houses called the Lyndale Theatre: this one, and one at 624 20th Avenue N., which he says operated from 1910 to 1913. I believe that the street name was changed at some point, and the modern address of the first Lyndale Theatre would be 624 W. Broadway Avenue. This site would be a few doors east of N. Lyndale Avenue, so the theater’s name would be plausible.

AnnieD1662 on June 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Just a couple items for clarification: The Lyndale was the New Lyndale for much of its early time, and it has always been at the 2932 Lyndale Avenue S address. That address is NOT in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood but is in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood and the Lyn-Lake district. Since 2014, it has been the LynLake Brewery.

popcorn_pete on February 15, 2018 at 11:19 am

The Lyndale opened on 5 May 1915. It first closed c. 1930 but was reopened by W.R. Frank in 1931.

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