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Curiocity: Inside The Old Hollywood Theater

Sure, it may look like a bit of an eyesore to the frequent passerby, but the history inside the Hollywood Theater in Minneapolis makes this historic landmark a true diamond in the rough.

The paint is chipping off by the second and it’d be an absolute shock if any of the exterior lights still worked. The closer you get, the more the aging flaws appear in the time-soaked walls that almost seem to struggle to maintain their foundation.

But every chip of paint and every decaying brick just adds to the immense character of the iconic cinema house. The Hollywood Theater, on 2815 Johnson St., hasn’t shown an actual film in a few decades, but the charm that was built into the movie mansion in 1935 is still very much alive.

via Curiocity: Inside The Old Hollywood Theater – wcco.com.

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  1. Rich Landry

    Yes the Hollywood was a neat theater years ago. The ceiling has collapsed due to rusted wire lath caused by a leaking roof that goes back to the 70′s. I did maintenance for the owners in the sixties and 70′s and it was showing problems then. The roof was never addressed up until a couple years ago by the city of minneapolis who are the present owners. There was over a foot of water in the basement for ten years or more due to runoff leaking in from a side wall. Much was stripped from the main floor and would cost more to repair than the building can generate. The theater was out of place as when it was built it was in an area that the people were affluent enough to go downtown for a film. As a projectionist there in the 1960′s I was told to keep the lights low so the worn interior didn’t show too much. Difficult to make operative as there is limited parking for patrons to make it a successful venue. Good memories of thise house back to the 1940′s.

  2. Rich Landry

    Yes the Hollywood was a neat theater years ago. The ceiling has collapsed due to rusted wire lath caused by a leaking roof that goes back to the 70′s. I did maintenance for the owners in the sixties and 70′s and it was showing problems then. The roof was never addressed up until a couple years ago by the city of minneapolis who are the present owners. There was over a foot of water in the basement for ten years or more due to runoff leaking in from a side wall. Much was stripped from the main floor and would cost more to repair than the building can generate. The theater was out of place as when it was built it was in an area that the people were affluent enough to go downtown for a film. As a projectionist there in the 1960′s I was told to keep the lights low so the worn interior didn’t show too much. Difficult to make operative as there is limited parking for patrons to make it a successful venue. Good memories of thise house back to the 1940′s.

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