2906 Hennepin Avenue in the Uptown District
INFO: The Uptown Theatre is located in the heart of the Uptown District in Minneapolis. Featuring the finest in independent film and foreign language cinema, the Uptown also screens classic midnight movies every weekend including monthly showings of the legendary Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The original theatre at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Lagoon Avenue was named the Lagoon Theatre and opened in 1916. In 1929, the theatre was remodeled and renamed the Uptown Theatre. Following a fire in 1939, it was completely rebuilt by local designers Liebenberg and Kaplan in the Streamlined Moderne style. They also added the now iconic 50 foot tall tower, originally placed to mark the Uptown area.
Operated by Landmark Theatres since 1978, the Uptown had great success as a double-feature repertory house in the late seventies and early eighties, before becoming the Twin Cities premier venue for specialized film.
In 2012 the Uptown closed down for seven months while a remodel took place. The Uptown reopened in its new incarnation on September 14th 2012. Upgrades to the theatre included a larger screen equipped with new 4K digital projection, reserved ticketing, plush seating and sofas, an expanded concession area and a bar with full alcoholic beverage service. Patrons are welcome to take their beer, wine or cocktail into the theatre and enjoy it during the show. The all-new concession stand features; expanded food options such as sandwiches (available Fri-Sun only) from Lucia’s Restaurant, hot dogs, mozzarella sticks, specialty snacks including vegan cookies and fair trade chocolate bars, and of course the ever-popular fresh popcorn with real butter.
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Best Movie Theater (2013) - vita.mn
Best Movie Theatre (independent) (2012) - MPLS. ST. Paul Magazine
Readers' Choice: The 25 Best Movie Theatres in America (2011) - flavorwire.com
Best Movie Theatre (2000) - MPLS. ST. Paul Magazine
Best Movie Theatre (1999) - City Pages