Grandview 1 & 2
1830 Grand Avenue,
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Mann Theatres, MN (Official)
Operated by: Mann Theatres, MN
Architects: Myrtus A. Wright
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Grandview Theatre, Grandview Fine Arts Theatre
The Grandview originally opened in 1933 – a small neighborhood theater, built in an Art Moderne style by architect Myrtus A. Wright, who also designed the larger Streamline style Highland Theatre, also in Saint Paul, a few years later.
The facade features a gorgeous marquee in black and white lit by neon and light bulbs, the theater’s name surrounded by triangular-shaped patterns. Twin columns of shiny purplish-green vitrolite frame the marquee.
In 1972, the balcony was closed off into a tiny second auditorium. However, the Grandview 1 & 2, which is currently part of the Mann Theatres, MN chain, still retains most of its original Art Moderne look, both inside and out.
It remains a great place to get something of an old-fashioned movie going experience.
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