St. Louis Park Theatre

4835 Minnetonka Boulevard,
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

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rivest266 on January 17, 2017 at 2:56 am

This opened on May 10th, 1939 and the Cinerama reopening on December 21st, 1965. Both grand opening ads in the photo section.

CharlesB on October 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Chris; it was $.75 per hour in 1952. I also was an Usher at the Westgate Theater in Morninside/Edina in 1951. It paid $.50 per hour if I recall correctly. CB

Chris1982 on September 17, 2014 at 11:24 pm

CharlesB, my best friends father worked at Loew’s State in St. Louis while in high school and his hourly wage was 72 and a half cents per hour. Do you recall what your were paid by the hour?

CharlesB on September 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I grew up in St.Louis Park from 1950-1955. The theater had a sunken lounge and was well maintained. I was an Usher there in 1952 with my friend Bruce Patterson and his brother Bud, who was Assistant Manager. We wore uniforms of Maroon with gold trim. Polished shoes were a must to keep your job! Saw some of the greatest films there on that large screen. Fond memories of a time when life was much simpler and graceful. Young folks today do not know what they missed.

sbjork on May 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I was there opening night for Star Wars on May 25, 1977. We came for the 7:00 show and they had already sold out that one and the 9:00 showing as well. We had to go back the next day — much earlier, needless to say. When we got there the line had filled the lobby and had just come out the front door. We jumped in and in less than five minutes the line behind us had looped the entire building.

I miss movies truly being “events” like that!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 27, 2011 at 4:24 am

The description says that the auditorium of this theater has been demolished. If that’s so, the status field should be changed to match.

The St Louis Park Theatre was featured in an article in Boxoffice of May 5, 1958. There are several photos of the house on this page and the two subsequent pages.

The theater had reopened on November 8, 1957, after a remodeling and redecoration, which had included some structural changes. The architect for the project was John Field, of the San Francisco firm Knorr, Elliot & Associates. Field was the son of the theater’s owner, Harold D. Field. The caption of one photo gives the seating capacity of the remodeled house as 960.

rvarani on April 3, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Believe it or not ran “Gone With The Wind” here in 70mm during the 1960’s

William on March 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm

That photo dates from 1943. The feature playing was “The Constant Nymph” with Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine.

kencmcintyre on January 27, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Here is a photo being advertised on eBay:

northstar16 on December 20, 2006 at 9:15 pm

Nice current pictures of the theatre site:
Incorrect theatre address noted.

Coate on June 19, 2005 at 7:30 am

The St. Louis Park was among the theatres included in the original limited-market launch of “Star Wars.” The St. Louis Park’s 5/25/77 opening-day gross, according to Daily Variety, was a house record $6,149.

Jesse Hoheisel
Jesse Hoheisel on March 12, 2005 at 2:14 pm

When the theater was around, the address was 4835 West Lake Street. Of course, much has changed since it closed almost 30 years ago, so it’s possible that’s how things got mixed up.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 10, 2005 at 2:33 pm

Thanks lostmemory, looks like another typo in F.D.Y. Grrrrr!

I think Bryan got the W. Lake St address from the book ‘Show Houses’ Twin cities Style by Kirk J. Besse.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 10, 2005 at 2:07 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 gives a seating capacity of 1,000. In the F.D.Y.B. 1950 edition it gives 1,200 seats.

Just a query? The address at 4835 W. Lake St given in the header maps out to Minnetonka Blvd close to Ottawa Ave which is the same address given in the link posted above by TC. My F.D.Y. for 1950 gives the St. Louis Park Theatre a street address as 3825 Minnetonka Blvd. Where does W. Lake street come from?

teecee on March 10, 2005 at 1:38 pm

Great old photo at this link:
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