The Uptown Theatre, located on the corner of Hennepin and Lagoon in Minneapolis, is celebrating it’s 100th birthday on June 3, and to celebrate this milestone, the theatre is spending the week hosting a variety of classic films.
We’ll get to the run-down of the classic films in a minute. First, a quick history of the theatre.
When the theatre first opened on June 3, 1916, it was actually called the Lagoon Theatre. Then, in 1929 it was remodeled and renamed the Uptown Theatre. A fire destroyed the building in 1939, and it was rebuilt by local designers in the Streamlined Moderne style. The now-present 50-foot-tall Uptown tower was also installed at that time to mark the Uptown area.
The theatre has been operated by Landmark Theatres since 1978 and has become one of the city’s premier venue for specialized films.
You may recall that in 2012 the Uptown was closed for seven months in order to give it a facelift. Upgrades to the theatre included a larger screen equipped with new 4K digital projection, reserved ticketing, plush seating and sofas, an expanded concession area and a bar with full alcoholic beverage service.
Needless to say, the experience the Uptown provides today is quite different than that it provided 100 years ago. That said, just as it was in 1916, it is today an fantastic place to see movies.
Here is what you can look forward to as part of the celebration week:
June 3: The Women (the film the Uptown first played after its 1939 renovation)
June 4: Citizen Kane
June 5: Seven Samurai
June 6: Rebel without a Cause
June 7: Once Upon a Time in the West
June 8: The Godfather
June 9: Cinema Paradiso
The early matinees on June 3 & 4 is Wizard of Oz. At midnight on June 3 you can see King Kong (1933) and the midnight showing on June 4 is The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Also on June 3, the 8:00 PM show of The Women will have a pre- and post-screening cocktail hour. Guests are encouraged to come early and stay late at the bar and watch vintage movie theater clips on-screen.
For specific showtimes and other information, check the Uptown Theatre’s website.