Nile Theatre
3736 23rd Avenue South
1926-1931 and 1932-1982, Closed, Demolished
Circa 1928, this was called the Miles Standish Theater - per Sagamore

The first Pearson's Town Talk Cafe is to the left of the Nile Theater.
July, 1938

~ The double feature on the marquee says:  "Fury" and Sylvia Sidney and Louis Sharkey Fight Picture ~

Click here to Watch the Trailer for "Fury"!

Nile 1939

The Nile Theatre originally opened in 1926 at 3736 23rd Ave. S.  After a change of ownership and a fire, it was rebuilt in 1936.
Blondie Meets the Boss, starring Penny Singleton as Blondie, was released in 1939.
I wonder what, "Free Tonite $99.50 Living Room Suite" means on the marquee?

You can enlarge this thumbnail photo twice.


 "Our first Town Talk is to the left of the Nile Theater, the large picture window.  Mother and Dad started out selling nickel candy, ice cream and donuts.

In those days the theaters didn't sell candy or popcorn.  My dad had the idea of selling popcorn and contracted with some guy to buy the very best popcorn in big 50# sacks.    The owner of the Nile theater had to sweep up all the empty boxes. He started counting how many boxes dad was selling and soon put in his own popcorn.  That didn't stop dad, the people would line up all down the block to buy ice cream so the theater owner who was also the landlord tried to raise the rent and dad moved out.

By that time mom and dad were selling sandwiches and hamburgers, a full diner menu.  He knew he had to own the business to have complete control.  He started a twin Town Talk Diner downtown on 7th and Hennepin.  It was actually two diners, one from 7th and one from Hennepin and they met in the middle of the building.  I can still remember it well as I used to help dad with the change counting in that basement as well (See Drive-Ins2 page for more on Pearson's Town Talk Diners.) but I was only about 6 years old or so.  Dad sold it to his younger brother Carl and he changed the name to the Tick Tock.  Dad was opening the Drive-In and it was so very busy he had to spend all his time there."
     ~ Marston Pearson, February 23, 2011 ~                                       

Cooking school at the Nile Theater March 29, 1945

"The Nile Theatre originally opened in 1926 and could seat just under 300 viewers.  It was purchased by local businessmen, Sidney and William Volk in 1932. Two years later, it was destroyed in a blaze.  The Volks rebuilt the Nile in 1936.  The theater now seated over 1000 viewers and cost nearly $100,000 to construct.

It was designed by architect, Perry E. Crosier, who went on to design other theaters in the Minneapolis and suburban areas.  The decor was an Art Deco-Egyptian hybrid, complete with Egyptian lobby furniture, and several large panels copied from ancient Egyptian temples covering the auditorium's walls.  The hieroglyphics spelled out greetings and blessings for theater patrons."  Towards the rear of the auditorium, the Nile contained a sound-proof glass-enclosed crying room where mothers and their young children could view a movie without disturbing other patrons.  "The Nile had cutting edge projection equipment and a parking lot with a capacity for more than 500 cars (No wonder it was used for Drivers' Training!).

In the early 60s, the theater was somewhat modernized, though none of its 30s decoration lost.  The Nile was included in a 1963 article in Life magazine on movie houses.

Falling into decline beginning in the 70s, the theater was closed in 1982 and torn down soon afterwards."  The final film shown was the 1936 black and white version of "Showboat".  I went to see this final movie to re-visit my childhood theater for the very last time.  At the time, I wondered why they had chosen "Showboat" to close the theater.  As I give this more thought, "Showboat" may have been the Nile Theater's premiere movie after it was rebuilt in 1936.  What is your take on this?

~ Online source:  Bryan Krefft; edited by webmaster ~

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Another online source states, "There is an error in the Krefft text.  The Egyptian wall decoration was covered over in the 1960s with painted acoustical ceiling tiles and the entire 1930s decor was removed and replaced with the mid-century modern designs and light fixtures."  The basement was turned into a lounge with a snack bar with black vinyl bar stools.  It also had about 100 black mid-century chairs with chrome bases that swiveled, complete with bright red, yellow, orange, and avocado seat cushions.  There was a large 23-inch black and white TV built into the wall. 

A small addition was built to the north side of the main level, that contained the manager's office and a stairway to the basement lounge and the exit doors. 

This writer continues, "I attended several shows in the late 1970s and was told the show was cancelled because there weren't enough people in the audience.  After making a 30-minute bus ride to the Nile Theatre on the #23 bus, I stopped attending evening shows there because of the hourly bus service at night and the wait in the subzero temperatures.  The corner of 38th Street and 23rd Avenue also housed a popular Italian restaurant (Jock's Cafe in the 1950s), beauty shop, bar, corner superette (Oas'), 1960s era supermarket, hardware store, and a large pharmacy/gift store.  All of those businesses are now gone and most of the stores are for rent.  There is a very large nursing home built on the Nile site.  It was called, the Nile Health Care Center."  Today, it is named, Providence Place.

~ Online source:  tjo; edited by webmaster ~

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Excerpts of memories from still another Nile Theater enthusiast, and interestingly, a 1968 Roosevelt graduate:  The author begins by stating, "There is no other movie theater on the planet that meant more to me than the Nile, especially on Saturday afternoons!"  He describes the Nile Theater audience as, "an always kid-crowded mass of wide eyes and excited noises, who paid their 35-cent admission (and doubled that for candy and popcorn) for the trip to a world of their own, few adults anywhere in sight, eager for a few hours entertainment geared strictly toward them."

The writer continues, "How much more important 'going to the movies' was during a time when almost no one owned a color TV (CBS & ABC didn't join NBC with prime time color broadcasts until 1965), and there was so much more to the experience than just seeing the feature attraction!  Multiple cartoons, of course, but short-subjects from 'The Three Stooges' or the short 'B' films of 'The Bowery Boys', were inevitably a part of the several hours that culminated in the feature itself.  And what features they were!

People have told me that their worst fears of impermanence are realized when one of their childhood schools is torn down.  Bancroft Elementary, Folwell Jr. High, and Roosevelt Sr. High were the schools I attended during the 50s and 60s. They all still stand.  But The Nile theater stands only in memory.  In many ways it was the most important school of them all."
~ Online source:  Mark Riley RHS '68, May 9, 2008 ~

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Roosevelt graduate, Jerry Sacre, writes, "When I was in ninth grade at Sanford Junior High School, I took my girlfriend, Jinx Carlson to the Nile for movies; but since I wasn't old enough to drive, my dad, a Minneapolis police officer, would drive us in his squad car to and from the Nile.  We got a lot of weird looks!  I lost track of Marylyn (Jinx) Carlson after we graduated.  She went to South High School.  I don't know her married name.  It is fun thinking about those days going to movies at the Nile and how we got around before I could drive. 

Also, Jinx Carlson and I were King and Queen of the Sanford Junior High German Club in 1951-52---guess that stuck as we went together in high school, me at Roosevelt and she at South!" 

Jerry adds that his brother, Ron, graduated from Roosevelt in '59.  "I could go on and on . . . This web site is a keeper!"  ~ Jerry Sacre RHS '55, August 29, 2009 ~

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"I think those of us who attended Nokomis Jr. High spent more time on the 34th Avenue places...but I think what I remember the most are two favorite locations:
 1. swinging on a rope swing over Minnehaha Creek (someplace between 28th and 34th Avenues, but closer to 28th.  

 2. walking from Roosevelt to a restaurant hang out on 38th Street on the left of the block between 24th and 23rd Avenues, where we drank Coke and snacked and talked for hours (I usually had a grilled cheese and onion rings!).

Side note:  the Nile Theatre was easily viewed from this small cozy restaurant with glass windowed front.  I cannot remember the name of it.  If anyone else remembers hanging out there, please let me know what it was named!  Webmaster's reply:  "The restaurant on the corner of 38th and 23rd Avenue South, on the northwest side of the street was named, Jock's in the '50s.  I was renamed after that.  I am thinking that you may be referring to the Nile Pharmacy soda fountain.  They had windows overlooking the Nile Theater.  We used to go to my birthday parties there for food and to see the Saturday matinee!.  Bill's was a cozy restaurant, but it was located on 38th and 25th Avenue South (on the south side of the street)."

I'll never forget attending 'The 10 Commandments' at the Nile Theatre with my mom.  The now out-dated special effects were awesome then, and so appropriately set in the Egyptian decor of the theatre!" 
~ Val Waters RHS '62, October 8, 2011 ~



Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave. S
December 30, 1948 - present

May 14, 2006

The Riverview Theater opened on December 30, 1948. 
It was built to replace the Volk's aging Falls Theater that was located on 40th Street East and Minnehaha Avenue. 
was a notable event and was featured in national publications.  The first movie presented was, "June Bride", starring Bette Davis and Robert Montgomery. 
I recall the theater being remodeled in 1956.  It continues to be in operation today.  Here is a great link to their show time schedule, economical prices, and more history about the Riverview. 
Feeling nostalgic?  Give it a try!  Be sure to check out the photos in the lobby area, as it has been preserved in the same decor as we remember it way back when! 
There is a lot of interesting data and photos contained within this link:

Riverview Theater's Link

Slideshow--Riverview Site and Additional Photos from Flicker
Created by "y entonces/Dan". 
Submitted by Jack Funk VHS '59 (RHS Sophomore, '57) on June 22, 2010

~ Riverview Theater Thumbnails ~

Nocturnal marquee     South side of lobby     North side of lobby     Concessions     Interior         

"Wildkats!" -
Sharon (Anderson) Englund (left)

~ These photos were taken on May 14, 2006, following the "Wildkats!" live performance on Mother's Day. ~

The "Wildkats!" is a small but lively musical group that has performed on Mother's Day at the Riverview Theater. 
Please consult the theater for details, as they do not perform annually.  Sharon (Anderson) Englund, classmate from Folwell Jr. High and SHS graduate
is one of the leading performers.  Her husband, Rob Englund RHS '61, is the lighting and music technician. 
The Wildkats! link is down.  If it restored, I will re-post it here.

"I don't know who is collecting this wonderful stuff but to add to the Riverview was remodeled in the early 60s (probably '61) with few changes.  
A snack bar, big Italian lamps, new furniture and copper drinking fountain with a modern clock hanging over it.  Only a few changes today most notably covering the steps leading up to the stage/movie screen.  
Cyd Charisse (famous musical star of the 50s) appeared there two years ago with one of her films.  Today, it has the best sound system around, rocker back seats but otherwise the auditorium remains the same.  
Where else can seniors see a movie for $2.00 and enjoy popcorn with real butter...not that yellow stuff."

Text submitted by Joe Ordos, RHS '58
August 2, 2008



"Hello Fellow Ted's.  I'm Tom Breyette RHS Class of '65.  I would love to give a little info on the Nile & Riverview  Theatres.  I worked at both from 1962 until 1965 as an Usher.  Many RHS students worked at both. 
The Manager of the Nile was Mr. Ron Kuharski, and at the Riverview, Mr. Paul Hasse.  Both were GREAT to work for!!  When I retired from the Federal Gov. in 1997, I remember thinking back to those days as
'The Best Jobs I ever had'.  I hope you post this, as I think many RHS Grads will remember "Mr. K" & Mr. Hasse.  Thanks a lot."

Submitted by Tom Breyette, RHS '65
on October 12, 2008

Turquoise Marquee in 2001

~ a more recent mural on the Riverview in the alley ~

Falls Theater
3954 Minnehaha Avenue
Dupont 4647
1933 - 1948, Demolished

The Brandt Theater opened around 1917.  It was renamed Ha Ha Theater around 1921.  Owned by William and Sydney Volk in the 1930s, it was renamed the Falls Theater,
operating from 1931 and into the 1940s.  The Volks replaced the Falls Theater with the Riverview Theater in 1948, which is still operating on 38th Street East and 42nd Avenue South. 
Source:  Lon Peterson, Ken Roe

On February 18, 1932, there was a bomb intended for the Falls Theater in Minneapolis.  Stores adjoining the Falls Theater were damaged by this bomb.  Source:  Minnesota Historical Society

The Falls Theater operated from 1933 to 1948.  William and Sydney Volk's theaters were called the Minnehaha Theater Corporation.  Source:  Lon Peterson

In the late '40s, Sidney and William Volk wanted to replace an aging Falls Theater which was located on Minnehaha Avenue. 
They contracted with the premier theater architects of that period, Liebenberg and Kaplan, to build one of the finest theaters of that day, the Riverview Theater. 
Online Source Unknown

In the '50s, "Going to the theaters on the premiere night was the 'big thing' in those days.  The Falls Theater was the neighborhood theater until the opening of the Riverview occurred. 
It was located on the west side of Minnehaha Avenue, just north of 40th Street East.  As for theaters, I attended the first movie at the Riverview.  I thought it was, 'Father Knows Best', but was recently informed that it was
'June Bride', starring Bette Davis and Robert Montgomery.  Also, I remember seeing Jane Russell in 'The Outlaw'.  That was an experience."
  Submitted by Jerry Sacre, RHS '55 on August 29, 2009

~ If anyone has a photo of the Falls Theater it would be fun to include it here. ~

Leola Theater
4944 34th Ave. S
Drexel 5238


I was very surprised to receive this interesting photo of the Leola Theater. 
After taking a closer glance, my eye caught the older model cars in the foreground that were parked along the east side of 34th Avenue South. 
My first impression was that the photo was taken in the early 30s; however, the release date for "The Spirit of Culver", the film advertised on the Leola marquee, was
March, 1939. 

James Shetler
, RHS '71, submitted this photo after borrowing it from its owner in order to scan it for our enjoyment.  I can't thank them enough.

James grew up in the neighborhood and went to the Leola as a little boy but has few memories of it.  He grew up on Weenonah Place and five years ago moved back into the neighborhood. 
"I had forgotten about the bakery that was next to the Leola, but there have been some memories coming back the past couple days.  I remember the storefront window and think 'lemon' now when I think about it. 
They must have had lemon cake or something there."

I believe the Leola opened in about 1928 and ceased being a movie theater about 1961, because they featured live theater acts about that time. 
Does anyone know when it was demolished?

Movie Specials
Saturday Matinees
5 cent Candy Bars
Great Popcorn

"The parents of Barb (Lee) Gibson, who was in my '55 class at Roosevelt, owned the Leola Theater. 
Lee was Barb's maiden name and her grandfather started the Leola Theater on 50th Street East and 34th Avenue South. 

I fixed her up on a blind date with my fraternity brother and they've been married 50 years and now reside in San Jose, California. 

Barb looked at the website and couldn't believe the old pictures of the Leola Theater you had.  She mentioned that her mom had worked in the bakery next to the Leola and that she met her dad there!"
Jerry Sacre RHS '55, 8/28/09

"I loved the 'Leola' theater info too.  I also went there on Saturday afternoons.  Did all the things the other man wrote about, but I only paid 10 cents [not sure to whom Glenda refers here]. 
I remember the ticket taker, her name was "Birdie".   Wonder if anyone else remembers her.  My dad would always clown around with her as we went into the theater. Your website brings back so many memories. 
Just great. Keep it up."

Glenda (Bennett) Ballis RHS '53, 9/7/09

"In 1960 & 1961 the Leola was in disrepair."  Sandy Larson used to work there.  "Three guys from U of M AV department bought it:  Chester McCullum,
Dick Varani, and Bill Cumberland."
Sandy Larson Conboy RHS '62

"That photo of the Leola Theater you have just doesn't look like the theater I knew in the late 50s and early 60s. 
The second floor windows seem wrong, the canopy, and the also black glass-like facade.  Memory is a dicey thing, though. 
Do you know if the place had undergone some [exterior] 'modernization' after this picture was taken?"
Dana (Andersen) Andreasen RHS '70, 6/20/10

Perhaps someone else can shed some light on this.

"I used to see three movies on a Saturday afternoon - and popcorn - for something like 25 cents."
Michael Green SHS '76, 7/27/12

If anyone has additional photos or historical data for any of our childhood theaters that you would like to see on
this web site, please contact the webmaster below.

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Bonnie (Daniels) Capper of Ridgefield, Washington, submitted a very cute story about the Old Leola Theater. 
It was written by her Aunt Betty (Keating) Adrian
(RHS '39) about 2002 after the passing of her mother, Mary "Non" (Keating) Daniels (RHS '37) in 2001.  Bonnie's mother often spoke
of their theater adventures, as well as many others, as she and her sister were growing up.  Bonnie is so thankful that her aunt wrote about many of their travels in the
St. Paul/Minneapolis area.

~ The Old Leola Theater ~

"Mr. O. A. Lee, clever man that he was, owned the neighborhood theater for as long as I can remember.  In one brilliant moment he rearranged the letters of his name to read Leola which, we thought, sounded rather musical and much easier to pronounce than Oalee might have been.

Every Saturday afternoon we trooped over to 50th and 34th Avenue clutching the admission price of 10 cents.  Mr. Lee usually ran a thrilling western movie plus an exciting serial.  It was either a western or mystery which always ended with a cliff hanger, 'To be continued next week'.  This kept us on the edge of our seats and in agony waiting 'till the following Saturday to see the next episode.  Oh, Mr. Lee had more goodies to show us for our dimes . . .  we groaned through a newsreel, cheered for the cartoon, annoyed other kids through the showing of a travelogue, which showed us the wonders of far away places.  Occasionally, we were treated to a 'Sing Along' which was a sheet of music with words displayed on the screen, and we were all invited to follow the bouncing ball as it bounced across the words in time to the music.  Everyone in the audience sang including the boisterous boys who could not carry a tune.

The Old Leola Theater is filled with great memories other than the movies.  I remember standing in front of the ticket line waiting with a girlfriend for the booth to open when a big bully came up, pushed me out of line and took my place.  He said I had to go to the back.  'Non' was in line about half way back with her friends while I was quite close to the door.  I told Bully Boy I was going to get my sister and he rudely laughed at me.  Well, let me tell you, when I came back with 'Non', who happened to be at that time, much taller and stronger than myself, he quickly stepped back and said he was only teasing.  She was great to have around!

We usually went with the neighborhood kids, but poor little Gunnar seldom had a dime to get in . . . so we plotted!  Gunnar would go back of the theater to the fire door exit and, during the deluge of kids running down the aisle for their seats, one of us would go open the door and let Gunnar sneak in.  By the time the usher got there, he could never tell which kid got in free.  One day, Mr. O. A. Lee himself was checking ticket stubs and pulled Gunnar out.  The poor little kid began to cry, and so kind hearted Mr. O. A. Lee let him go ahead free.  Bless you Mr. O. A. Lee!

'Non' could see the screen better if we sat way down in front, so we always ran for the second row middle seats, scrunched down with our knees braced on the seats ahead of us.  Almost no one ever sat in the first row ahead of us, so we had primo vision.  Very comfy-cozy.  there we would settle down with our Milk Duds, chocolate bars and enjoy the movie.

Came one time when Bert Shorten, a neighbor kid older, taller and meaner than us, beat us to our private reserved seats and wouldn't budge.  We were forced to sit in the next row back behind him.  'Non' couldn't let that pass for one minute!  Bert removed his big old shoes and sat there all prepared to settle back and enjoy the show which had just begun.  My valiant, stalwart sister, 'Non', reached under his seat and came up with one of his shoes.  She gave a mighty throw and it landed up on the stage.  Angry old Bert had to put on his one shoe, and leaving the seat unprotected, hobbled up on stage to retrieve his shoe.  We scrambled over the backs and down into our rightful seats while Bert defiled the air muttering mean things to us.  He never tried taking our seats again!  'Non' was always full of fun things for us to do!"  Submitted June 19, 2008

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The Leola was built by Mr. Ollie Lee, hench the name Leola.  The Lee family owned and operated the theatre until 1960 when they sold it to the Cygnet Corp.  The Lee's had closed the theatre.  Cygnet reopened the Leola in 1959 under a lease with the option to buy.  Cygnet was a three way partnership of Bill Cumberland, Chet McCallum and myself, Dick Varani.  March 23, 2010

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A Kilgen organ opus 4054 was installed in the Leola Theater in 1928 (author unknown)
September 8, 2009

~ Remembering 34th Avenue ~

Here's an ad for the Leola Theater from the 1928 Sagamore!

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    I recently stumbled upon a Midwest trade publication,
    or "theatre booking guide"
    titled, Box Office. 
    Contained in the July 23, 1938 issue on pages 50-51, is a two-page spread of case  
    study information  about the
Leola and the
    Nile Theaters in Minneapolis. 
    Below, I transcribed some of the articles that may be
    of interest to you. 
    Photo quality may be lacking, but, nonetheless, I hope you enjoy.




How the auditorium of the Leola Theatre (Minneapolis) appeared before the acoustical engineer and decorative artists had begun their work.  A drab appearance, aggravated by exposed radiators and skimpy out-moded lighting fixtures and an unattractive screen setting are apparent.


A later view of the Leola's auditorium after modernization had taken place.  The smooth surface of a modern acousti-decorative material is accentuated by attractive modern painted designs.  Radiators are concealed and lighting efficiency restored.

(Photos courtesy  The Celelex Corp., Chicago.)

Acousti-Decorative Treatment
Economically Applied

Case Histories No. 19 and 20

The problem that faces many owners of our older theatres and particularly those of small or medium size is largely one of economics.  What to spend is the point at issue.

It is a question in most cases of how much an exhibitor can afford to spend in bringing his house up-to-date in appearance and acoustically fit for the presentation of sound pictures the way patrons must have them presented today.

Every theatre man knows that a change of scenery and environment at frequent intervals, and especially at the beginning of seasons, serves to speed up the rate of income at the box office.  The neighborhood patron grows tired of seeing the same setting every time he visits the place, soon becomes disinterested and strays to other sources of entertainment.

How Much FOR House Appeal

But, as hereinbefore stated, there is a limit to which the owner can go in the matter of seasonal changes.  The limit, however, is not as short as many owners are inclined to believe.  One must realize that what he can afford is quite wholly determined by the benefits to be derived.

If an alteration or any other improvement serves, as it nearly always does, to attract new patrons and keep old ones from straying away, the result is additional revenue, and thus the money expended is simply a good investment--the kind that produces a tangible return.

It is no longer necessary for an exhibitor whose theatre need rejuvenation or sound correction to go beyond his means in making the necessary alterations.  Products and methods of application are now available which take the high cost almost entirely out of consideration.  Indeed, these new materials may be applied directly over old surfaces and when properly complemented with lighting and a minimum of additional adornment they serve to created an entirely new and refreshing effect for the theatre interior.

Case History No. 19

Leola Theatre

Demonstrating that a theatre auditorium can be thoroughly modernized, its acoustics corrected and its appearance brought up-to-date in the modern manner without extensive and costly alterations of the building itself, the Leola Theatre, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, was recently rejuvenated into one of the most attractive small theatres in the Twin Cities.

A popular sound-absorptive tile material was applied to the side wall of the auditorium and this not only corrected the acoustics of the auditorium, but provided a surface for the modernistic murals of the decorative artists.

Necessary radiators on the side walls were hidden behind ornamental grilles and the grilles were duplicated in other wall panels to maintain a harmonious balance.

Obsolete ceiling chandeliers were removed and their openings covered with small decorative rosettes.

Old-style candelabra which were interspersed between the side-wall panels were replaced with larger, modern lighting fixtures supplying better illumination without glare.

Thus, sound reception in the auditorium was materially improved and house appeal further enhanced by more effective lighting and a decorative treatment that was far superior to the one it replaced.  All this was accomplished at surprisingly low cost as compared to what might have been the case but a few years ago.

Instances of this type of thrifty modernization among theatres are many.  A wide variety of effects are possible with the decorative-acoustical materials now available at the local lumber dealers.  Application may be made by local contractors, since installation is by no means difficult nor expensive.

The decorative versatility of these new materials in the hands of a capable designer is no less pronounced than its possibilities for acoustical correction.


All Exhibitors,
Please Note

If you have recently remodeled or otherwise modernized your theatre and are particularly proud of the result, please send
us photographs and details.  Through the presentation of these Case Histories, it is our purpose to raise the standard of theatre construction and outfitting and thus render a service to the entire industry.  Your cooperation is requested.


Case History No. 20

Nile Theatre

The oldest and the newest in decorative design--Ancient Egyptian and Modern--were ideally combined when the interior of the Nile Theatre, also at Minneapolis, was remodeled recently.  Despite the centuries which intervened between the work of the old and new artists, their designs harmonized into an attractive, restful, audience-building interior.

Acoustical correction of the auditorium, a part of the general remodeling program, was achieved by the installation of a noise correcting product in wall panels.  The Egyptian designs--in keeping with the name of the theatre--were painted directly on the surface, thus making double use of the sound-absorptive material.

Authenticity for the Egyptian theme was obtained from the Minneapolis Art Institute, where copies were made of drawings unearthed in the ancient land of the Pyramids.  These drawings were transferred to stereopticon slides and projected on the walls of the auditorium, providing outlines which were filled in with the desired colors.  The panels with their unusual paintings are illuminated by new type lighting fixtures.

Looking ahead wisely to the opening of another Fall season which should be an excellent one for theatre business provided houses are properly put in apple pie order, it would seem wise to entertain the idea of a complete change of scenery.

The necessary materials are available, costs are as low as they can ever be and the advantage of getting things done now, at a time when alterations present a minimum of interference to business, should be obvious to the exhibitor whose house is in need of correction.

Consult your architect and your alteration problem will be simpler and the final result more satisfying to all concerned--particularly the patrons.


The successful exhibitor is a public servant and as such he has more to contend with than the immortalized cranberry merchant.

~ interesting style of writing in 1938 ~

Authentic Ancient Egyptian art is painted on the acousti-decorative panels
which cover the side walls of the newly-decorated Nile Theatre, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
The Egyptian figures were copied from centuries-old exhibits in the Minneapolis Art Institute and were traced on the sound-absorptive material
by an ingenious use of the stereopticon [projection process]. 
(Photo courtesy  The Celetex Corp., Chicago.)


Theater Ad May, 1934

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Theaters from Years Ago and Those Still in Business


Academy, Alambra, Alvin, American, Aster, Avalon, Boulevard, Camden, Campus-Oak Street Cinema, Capri, Cedar, Century, Cooper, Crystal, East Lake,
Edina, El Lago, Excelsior Dock, Franklin, Gayety, Gopher, Grandview (St. Paul),
Har-Mar (St. Paul), The
Heights, Highland (St. Paul), Hollywood, Homewood, Hopkins, Isis, Lagoon, Leola, Liberty, Loring, Lyceum, Lyndale, Mall of America, Mazda, Metro, Metropolitan, Music Box, Nile, Nokomis, Northtown, Orpheum,
Oxboro (Bloomington), Palace, Pantages, Paradise, Parkway,
Radio City, Radio City interior, Rialto, Richfield (Hub), Ritz, Riverview, RKO Orpheum (St. Paul), RKO-PAN, St. Anthony Main, St. Louis Park, Schubert, Skyway6, Southdale Cinema I-II-III-IV,
Southern, Southtown, State, Suburban World, Terrace, Time, Uptown, Varsity, Vogue, Wayzata, Westgate (Edina), World
~ More Twin Cities Theaters ~
(Some are not pictured above.)

- 22 N. Seventh St., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Renovating/Restoring, formerly the Schubert Theater and before that the Alvin Theater
Adke - 1721 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
Agathe (or Agate) - 2215 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis,55404, Closed/Demolished
Airdome - 12 N. 10th St., Minneapolis
Alhambra - 3211 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55412, Closed/Demolished
Alvin - 22 N. Seventh St., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Renovating/Restoring
Alzazar - (Alcazar?) - 1307 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
AMC Southdale 16 - 400 Southdale Center, Edina, 55435, Open
American - 16 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 55408, Closed/Demolished
Arion - 2420 Central Ave., Minneapolis, 55418, Closed/Demolished
Aster - 607 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Demolished, not to be confused with the Astor which became the Riviera Theater
Astor - 605 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403
Auditorium - 11th St. & Nicollet Ave.
Avalon - 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 55407, Open
Bell - 1527 E. Franklin Ave.
Bijou - 20 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished, formerly the Bijou Opera House in 1880s
Blue Mouse - 711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Boulevard - 5315 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55419, Closed
Brandt - 3954 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 55406, Closed/Demolished, formerly the Ha Ha Theater, & the Falls Theater
Broadway - 1006 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, 55411, Closed/Demolished, see Falls Theater
Brynwood - 1410 N. Glenwood Ave., Minneapolis, 55405, Closed/Demolished
Bungalow - 1305 W. Lake St., Minneapolis
Calhoun - 1300 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 55408, Closed
Camden - 4217 Webber Pkwy., Minneapolis, 55412, Closed/Demolished
Camden - 4133 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, Closed/Demolished-a short-lived nickelodeon theater
Capri - 2027 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, 55411, Open, formerly the Paradise Theater
Casino - 257 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55411, Closed/Demolished
Cedar - 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55454, Open
Central Avenue - 2007 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 55418, Closed/Demolished
Century - 38 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis, 55402, Closed/Demolished
Chateau - 1906 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55404, Closed/Demolished
Chief - 1969 or 1968
Colonial - 1923 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55404, Closed/Demolished
Cooper - 5755 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, 55416, Closed/Demolished
Cort - 808 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
Cosy - 2221 Crystal Lake, Minneapolis?
Cozy - 405 Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis
Cozy - 307 Central Ave., Minneapolis
Criterion - 411 Central Ave., Minneapolis
Crown (AMC) Block E Stadium 15 - 600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed
Crown - 1923 S. Fourth Ave., Minneapolis
Crystal - 305 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Cyril - 114 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Dewey - 203 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis
Diamond - 802 Sixth Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 55414, Closed/Demolished
Dreamland - 319 Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis, 55411, Closed/Demolished
Eagle - 1417 Fourth Ave. SE, Minneapolis
East Lake - 1537 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 55407, Closed/Demolished
Echo - 2510 Central, Minneapolis
Edina Cinema - 3911 W. 50th St., Edina, 55424, Open
El Lago - 3506 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 55406, Closed
Electric - 23 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Elite - 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55408, Closed
Elite - 2517 27th Ave. S (not to be confused with the Elite Theater above)
Elk - 2707 E. Lake St., Minneapolis 55406
Emerson - 2605 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55411, Closed/Demolished, formerly the Northtown Theater
Empress - 412 20th Ave. N. Minneapolis
Empress - 412 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, 55411, Closed/Demolished
Esquire - 729 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, formerly the Time Theater
Excelsior Dock - 26 Water St., Excelsior, 55331, Open
Fairview - 2900 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis
Falls - 3954 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 55406, Closed/Demolished
Faust - SW corner of Dale & University, St. Paul
Floyd B. Olson - 103 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Forest - 40 Ave. NE
Franklin Art Works - 1021 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 55404, Open, formerly the New Franklin Theater & Franklin Theater
Garden - 622 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Garden - 16 N. Seventh St., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Demolished, formerly the World Theater
Garrick - 34 W. Sixth St., Minneapolis, formerly the Miles Theater, later built the Century on its shell
Garrick - 2541 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Gateway - 111 Nicollet Ave.
Gayety - 103 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished, later the Floyd B. Olson Theater
Gem - 212 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Glenwood - Glenwood & Girard Ave. N., Minneapolis
Gopher - 619 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Demolished
Grand - 240 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Grandview - 1830 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 55105, Open
Har-Mar 11 - 2100 N. Snelling Ave., Roseville, 55113, Open
The Heights - 3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, 55421, Open
Highland - 760 Cleveland Ave., S., St. Paul, 55116, Open
Hollywood - 2815 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis, 55418, Open/Renovating/Restoring
Homewood - 1919 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55411, Closed/Demolished
Hopkins - 429 Excelsior Blvd. W., Hopkins, 55343, Closed/Demolished
Hopkins Cinema 6 - 1118 Main St., Hopkins, 55343, Open
IDS Center Cinema - 80 S. Eighth St., Minneapolis, 55402, Closed/Demolished
Isis - 30 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis, 55402, Closed/Demolished
La Salle - 2541 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 55404, Closed/Demolished
Lagoon - 1320 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, 55408, Open
Lake - 2721 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 55406, Closed/Demolished
Leola - 4944 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55417, Closed/Demolished
Liberty - 1332 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis, 55413, Closed/Demolished
Loop - 27 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Lyceum - 82 Eleventh St., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Demolished
Lyndale - 424 20th Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55454, Closed/Demolished
Lyra - 16 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Lyric - 711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Demolished
Lyric (original) - 718 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Demolished
Majestic - 1326 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55454, Closed/Demolished
Mall of America - 401 S, Ave., 4th Level, Bloomington, 55425, Open
Mann Southtown - 7770 Penn Ave. S., Richfield, 55423 [Bloomington], Closed/Demolished
Mazda - 246 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Metro - 2519 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55406, Closed
Metropolitan - 320 First Ave. S., Minneapolis, Closed/Demolished
Minnesota - 36-40 Ninth St. S., Minneapolis, Closed/Demolished
Music Box (Loring) 1407 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55403, Open
New Lake - Lake St. & Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Nile - 3736 23th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55407, Closed/Demolished, formerly the Miles Standish Theater
Nokomis - 3749 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, 55407, Closed
Northtown - 2605 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis 55411, Closed/Demolished
Oak Park - 1607 Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis, 55411, Closed/Demolished
Oak Street Cinema - 309 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis, 55414, Open, formerly the Campus Theater
Old Mill - 310 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55414, Closed/Demolished
Orpheum - 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Open, formerly the Hennepin Theater
Palace - 412 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Pantages - 708 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Open, formerly RKO Pan, before that Pantages, before that the Grand Theater
Park - 721 10th St. S., Minneapolis, 55404, Closed/Demolished
Paradise - 2027? W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, 55411?, Lobby moved & renamed Capri in 1965
Parkway - 4814 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, 55417, Open
Pix - 729 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed
Princess - 12 Fourth St. NE, Minneapolis, 55413, Closed/Demolished
Radio City - 9th & La Salle Ave., formerly the Minnesota Theater
Regent - 602 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55402, Closed/Demolished
Rialto - 735 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 55407, Closed/Demolished
Richfield - 65th St. & Nicollet Ave. (the Hub), Richfield, Closed/Demolished
Ritz - 345 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 55413, Open
Riviera - 607 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403
RKO Orpheum - yet to do, St. Paul, formerly Palace-Orpheum, Palace
Riverview - 3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55406, Open
Roxy - 405 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis, 55426?, Closed/Demolished
St. Anthony Main - 115 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, 55414, Open
St. Louis Park
- 4835 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, 55416, Closed/Demolished
- 253 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
Seventh Street - 25 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Demolished
Seville - 413 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55402, Closed/Demolished
Skyway 6 - 711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed
Southern - 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55454, Open
Southdale 4 - 6901 France Ave. S., Edina, 55435, Closed/Demolished

Star - 121 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55401, Closed/Demolished
State - 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55402, Open
Strand - 36 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis, 55402, Closed
Stockholm - 103 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55455, Closed/Demolished
Suburban World - 3022 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 55408, Closed, formerly the Granada Theater
Terrace - 3508 France Ave. N., Robbinsdale, 55422,Closed
Third Ward - 729 Plymouth Ave., Minneapolis, 55411, Closed/Demolished
Time - 729 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, formerly the Esquire Theater
Unique - 520 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Demolished
University - 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, 55414, Closed
Uptown - 2962 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55408, Closed, formerly the Lagoon (before the current Lagoon was named)
Varsity - 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis, 55414, Open, formerly the University Theater
Vogue - 31 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 55408, Closed/Demolished
Wayzata - 619 Lake St. E., Wayzata, 55392, Closed
Westgate - 3903 Sunnyside Ave., Edina, 55424, Closed
World - 16 N. Seventh St., Minneapolis, 55403, Closed/Demolished, formerly the Garden Theater


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