Green Theater

220 E. Main Street,
Anoka, MN 55303

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Previous Names: Greens Theater

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Green Theater

Greens Theater was built and opened in 1914. By 1941 it was known as Green Theater and operated through to 1950 and beyond…

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 3, 2010 at 6:42 am

This was another very early theater. Lloyd Palmer, who in 1924 took over the Iris Theatre in Postville, Iowa, had his start in show business as a musician at the Green Theatre in Anoka in 1915, according to a brief item about him in Boxoffice of November 5, 1955.

The Green Theatre was redecorated and got a new front in 1946, as reported in Boxoffice of June 1 that year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

A photo of Green’s Theatre in Anoka appears in this advertisement for Wright-DeCoster sound equipment in the June 28, 1930, issue of Motion Picture News.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

I just noticed in Street View that the building has “Greens Theater 1914” emblazoned on its parapet. Undoubtedly that was the year of construction. I notice that the decorative frieze seen above the entrance in the 1930 magazine photo I linked to is gone. As there is fenestration on the second floor now, I’m thinking the frieze might have been stained glass.

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