5755 Wayzata Boulevard,
St. Louis Park,
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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Cooper Foundation, Plitt Theatres
Architects: Richard L. Crowther
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Cooper Cameo Theatre
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News About This Theater
- Mar 31, 2013 — "2001: A Space Odyssey" 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements
- Mar 20, 2009 — Remembering Cinerama (Part 23: Minneapolis)
Opened in 1962 with the Cinerama film “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm”. The 808-seat Cooper Theatre was the home of Cinerama in Minneapolis, part of the Golden Triangle of Cooper theatres (with the Cooper Theatre in Denver and the Indian Hills Theater in Omaha). In February 1977 a 300-seat Cameo Theatre was opened attached to the main theatre.
The Cooper Theatre later became the flagship of Plitt Theatres, but eventually closed in January 1991, after a run of the film “Dances With Wolves”.
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Recent comments (view all 66 comments)
Great theater we saw “Abyss”, “Hunt/Red October”, “Godfather 3”, and even “Ten Commandments” in….
I was excited to see that the Cooper was included in a segment produced by Twin Cities Public Television for the Lost Twin Cities III special. It was really well done with lots of pictures and information. Covered everything from the premiere with the Brothers Grimm, to the long run of How the West was Won, Airport and its end with Dances With Wolves. Definitely worth checking out for any Cooper or Cinerama fans. Would love to find a way to put some screen caps up on the site here (although I’m not sure if that is allowed, and I’m not sure if many of the pics were the St. Louis Park Cooper or ones taken from Indian Hills or Denver).
I saw Bladerunner (the original cut) at Indian Hills in Omaha in 1982. 10 years later… I saw Bladerunner (The Director’s Cut) at the Cooper Theater in Denver. Glad I was able to see those films in those beautiful movie theaters.
I just posted a write up about the Cooper on my website. Let me know what you think. http://wp.me/p20gfX-15z
This was the best Cinerama installation in America. The screen was gigantic, the projection & sound superb. I recently attended the Cinerama Festival in Los Angeles at the Cinerama Dome and it did not come close to the thrill of seeing & hearing Cinerama at the Cooper. Ironic the Minneapolis Tribune celebrated the opening of the Cooper as the successor to the Radio City movie palace downtown & they have both met the wrecking ball.
I have three Cinerama projectors and a Cinerama sound reproducer like the ones that were installed at the three Cooper Cinerama Theaters during the three-strip Cinerama days. If anybody would like to see them, please contact me at . I would be happy to show them to you. Or, I’ll be happy to send photographs to you.
I was an usherette in a black dress with pearl necklace in the early 60s. “How the West Was Won” was playing. Salary was $1.10/hour. There were so many terrific young women who worked as usherettes, and most were university students. There was Mauricette, Emily, Linda, Dallas. I should drag out photos. We partied together, had wedding showers, sleepovers. It was the best time for me as I had just moved there from California. —A big shout out to all those usherettes. —Patty Fewer
Here is a link to watch Lost Twin Cities III, the Cooper Theater section starts at about 36 minutes. Be prepared to shed a tear or two:
Grand opening ad in the photo section and below
Found on Newspapers.com
New Showcase Presentations in Minneapolis article includes mention of the numerous Cinerama and 70mm presentations here and other Twin Cities area cinemas.