FILE - The Suburban World theater in 2002


Uptown's Suburban World theater can be yours - for $899,000

  • Article by: MATT MCKINNEY
  • February 8, 2012 - 9:47 AM

A movie theater unlike any other in Minneapolis, the Suburban World in the heart of Uptown has been put up for sale by the bank that took control of it after the property fell into foreclosure last year, according to Realtor Jesse Olson.

Coldwell Banker Burnet has the theater listed at $899,000. Last owned by Donald A. Driggs, the 85-year-old movie palace is now controlled by Commerce Bank of Edina.

A website still lists events at the theater, but Olson said it's been empty for several months while crews installed a new roof and made other repairs. City records indicate the $43,000 roof was completed in December.

The theater still has most of the original features that mark its "classic Granada style," designed by a local architect to look like a Spanish courtyard. Statues, plants and at least one grotto foster the illusion that theatergoers have been transported somewhere far from Hennepin Avenue, where the theater first opened in 1927 as the Granada.

The theater's ceiling comes decorated with twinkling lights made to look like stars. Other lights cast images of clouds that go scudding across the ceiling to add to the courtyard feel.

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