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Hollywood Theater Interior (1)

Thanks to Bob Roscoe of Design for Preservation and Minneapolis CPED for allowing me on this tour.


2815 Johnson Street N.E.

Built in 1935 by Liebenberg and Kaplan

Locally designated in 1990.


When the Hollywood Theater opened on October 26, 1935, the marquee pronounced it “The Incomparable Showcase of the Northwest.” Built during the peak of the Art Deco period, with a budget that allowed for generous use of decorative elements, the Hollywood is an excellent example of the Deco style and the trend to small, yet elegant, neighborhood theaters. Architects Liebenberg and Kaplan, famous for their Minneapolis theater designs, used a coordinated color scheme and intricate detailing to design the Hollywood, a theater some have called “the most original and daring scheme for their time. All public interior spaces are designated for their zig-zag Deco style with streamline accents. The exterior, with the exception of the marquee, is designated. The Hollywood Theater, aside from its masterful depiction of Art Deco architecture, is significant as a remnant of a pattern of theater/entertainment growth that took place in the United States between 1920 and 1939.


I recommend taking a look at the preservation report by Hess Roise and Company from July 2008. It has some interesting info, plus some great pics on pages 9-13.

audubonneighborhood.org/sites/ana1/files/Hwood Preservation Report 2008.pdf



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Taken on June 22, 2009