New Century Theatre

615 Hennepin Ave, Ste 145
Minneapolis, MN 55403

612-455-9501

History:

The Century Theatre originally opened in 1908 as a 2,000 seat vaudeville house called the Miles. It was built by the Minneapolis firm of Kees and Colburn and designed in an Art Deco/French Renaissance style. It was one of four historic theatres on the block where City Center is now located-The Century and Strand Theatre faced Seventh Street and the Gopher and Aster Theatre faced Hennepin Avenue.

In 1915, it was renovated and re-opened as the Garrick Theatre and featured live stage shows and motion pictures until 1928. One year later, it was re-designed by the architectural firm Liebenberg and Kaplan, renamed the Century Theatre and showcased as the most up-to-date movie house west of Chicago when it officially opened in September 1929. It had a seating capacity of approximately 1,600 with its 4,500 lightbulb vertical marquee rising more than 25 feet above the façade.

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, it hosted mostly second-run films and the occasional live show until closing again in 1954 for another renovation. When it reopened as the Century Cinerama with a reduced capacity of 1,145, it featured the new technology of widescreen projection onto a deeply curved screen and became only the eleventh theatre in the United States to include this new technology.

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