16 N. 7th Street,
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Previously operated by: Mann Theatres, MN
Architects: Jack J. Liebenberg
Firms: Liebenberg and Kaplan
Previous Names: Garden Theatre
Opened as the Garden Theatre in 1915, the 600-seat theatre was closed by the late-1920’s.
It was totally rebuilt in 1932 and reopened on October 20, 1932 as the World Theatre. Originally screening foreign features, the World Theatre soon began showing first-run features.
In the late-1940’s, it was modernized, both inside and out, and seating was increased to 461 with the enlargement of the balcony.
Starting in 1949, with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", it became known as the place to see the latest MGM musicals, into the mid-1950’s.
When Ted Mann acquired the World Theatre in 1955, it was once more rebuilt, in Modernist style, at the cost of over $150,000. The architectural firm Liebenbreg & Kaplan carried out the rebuild.
The World Theatre remained a popular venue for first-class films for decades, including its longest run ever, when "The Graduate" ran for over a year beginning in 1967, and was also was its highest-grossing film.
In 1983, the World Theatre was closed, and torn down a few years later.
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