Apache Six Theater
2101 37th Avenue NE,
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Previously operated by: Mann Theatres, MN
Previous Names: Chief Theater, Apache Theater
The Chief Theater was originally built as a single screen theater, opening January 31, 1969. It featured a spacious lobby with fireplace lounge, split granite walls and unique orange ‘candy’ light fixtures. The theater’s original Cinerama auditorium was divided into a twin in 1975 and four more screens were added on December 23, 1977, now having six seperate theaters, four in the orchestra and two in the balcony. It was renamed Apache Theater on June 23, 1978.
It was operated by Mann Theaters until a few years ago when the owners of the Heights Theater, Tom Letness and Dave Holmgren, purchased the building. They made some improvements, such as removing the video games from the fireplace lounge. They had intended to renovate two of the smaller theaters into a larger space suitable for 70mm and art house films.
Renovation costs, a rapidly deteriorating roof, and little incoming revenue led them to close the theater in the Winter of 2003. The owners decided to turn their efforts over completely to the operation of the nearby Heights Theater.
This often ignored icon of post-1950’s theater design was put up for sale and it was demolished in 2007.
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