Har-Mar 11 Cinemas

2100 N. Snelling Avenue,
Roseville, MN 55113

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, General Cinema Corp., Mann Theatres, MN

Previous Names: Har-Mar Twin, Har-Mar 3

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Har-Mar 11 Cinemas

The Har-Mar Twin was built in 1970 for the Mann Theatres chain (costing over $750,000) at the Har-Mar Shopping Center. The theater was unusually lavish for its day, with Venetian crystal chandeliers, English tapestries and plush red carpeting. Also, it was equipped with what was then cutting-edge projection and sound technology.

The Har-Mar opened on September 16, 1960 with Clint Eastwood in “Two Mules for Sister Sara” and Barbra Streisand in “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” to packed houses. In the early 1970’s, the Har-Mar Twin was one of the most popular Saint Paul theatres, due to its proximity to Highway 36, its large parking lot and being modern and comfortable.

In 1974, the Har-Mar Twin was the first suburban movie house to out-gross a downtown theatre, the Skyway 2, playing the same film (“Earthquake”). It was by only very little, but it signified the death knell for Saint Paul’s downtown movie houses and the rise of the suburban theatre.

On October 19, 1977, the larger of the theatre’s two auditoriums was itself twinned, creating a triplex, as the theatre was renamed the Har-Mar 3.

Slightly damaged in 1981 by a tornado, the Har-Mar 3 was only closed for a few days for repairs before it was once more open for business. Later that same year, a former grocery store behind the theatre was transformed into another eight small screens (the Har-Mar 4-11).

The Har-Mar 11 Cinemas was at the time the largest movie theatre in the state of Minnesota. It was last operated by AMC. The Har-Mar 11 Cinemas closed in December 2006.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

kheila on December 22, 2007 at 12:14 pm

Although I never got around to seeing a movie there (which I sincerely regret) it’s sad to see a landmark torn down. I live a few blocks away, and when I saw it a few days ago it was completely gutted except for the big chandeliers. A few months ago I remember seeing (what I assume were) the big velvet curtains being thrown in the dumpster. Pretty sad.

wisdoug on December 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm

There is no sign of the Har-Mar Theaters remaining. The front 3 theaters are now a Staples store, the back are just a big empty shell. History disappeared in a hurry here.

palebluedot on August 3, 2009 at 8:42 pm

You can see some photos of the theatre exterior, interior and projection booth I took while I worked there at FilmTech

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nelsonexpert on August 25, 2010 at 12:57 am

Opening was 9/16/70 with “On A Clear Day … ” and “Two Mules for Sister Sara”. The third screen debuted 10/19/77.

davidmpls on October 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

The original twin screen Har Mar was a luxury first run theater. The had a fabulous modern chandelier in the lobby, a supercool pod-like box office and a pair of enormous auditoriums. Number 1 was somewhat larger than Number 2. The twinning of one of the auditoriums was awkward and disappointing, creating a “shotgun” style boxy theater. It’s too bad that the Har Mar deteriorated over the years – it was a fine show palace in it’s day.

gskmeva on September 9, 2015 at 1:55 am

Screen 1 was THX certified with 5.1 surround sound and it was simply one of the best rooms to experience a movie in the Twin Cities back in its day.

rivest266 on January 18, 2017 at 4:49 pm

This opened on September 16th, 1970 and the largest auditorium split, opening on October 21st, 1977. The 8-screen extension opened on December 18th, 1981 and closed down in December 2006. The 1970 and 1981 grand opening ads can be found in the photo section for this cinema. The Har-Mar name came from the builders, HARold and MARy.

Found on Newspapers.com

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Interesting that these theatres were GCC/Mann. A joint venture I assume. Was this the Mann Theatres of California or Mann Theatres of Minnesota?

If you zoom in the upper right corner of the grand opening ad, it says GCC Mann.

50sSNIPES on January 18, 2024 at 12:48 pm

The Har-Mar is also the Twin Cities' first THX-certified theater.

DevanDrake99 on June 1, 2024 at 10:52 pm

The screen became THX-certified in 1984 for the premiere of Temple of Doom.

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