Hollywood Theater

You can read about the history and designation of the Hollywood Theater historic landmark.






Address: 2815 Johnson Street N.E.

Neighborhood: Audubon Park

Construction Date: 1935

Contractor: Unknown

Architect: Liebenberg and Kaplan

Architectural Style: Art Deco

Historic Use: Culture/Recreation – Motion Picture Theater

Current Use: Renovated event space

Date of Local Designation: 1990

Date of National Register Designation: 2014

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture; Master Architects; Social History

Period of Significance: 1935-

Historic Profile: When the Hollywood Theater opened on October 26, 1935, the marquee pronounced it "The Incomparable Showcase of the Northwest." Built during the peak of the Art Deco period, with a budget that allowed for generous use of decorative elements, the Hollywood is an excellent example of the Deco style and the trend to small, yet elegant, neighborhood theaters. Architects Liebenberg and Kaplan, famous for their Minneapolis theater designs, used a coordinated color scheme and intricate detailing to design the Hollywood, a theater some have called "the most original and daring scheme for their time."1 All public interior spaces are designated for their zig-zag Deco style with streamline accents. The exterior, with the exception of the marquee, is designated. The Hollywood Theater, aside from its masterful depiction of Art Deco architecture, is significant as a remnant of a pattern of theater/entertainment growth that took place in the United States between 1920 and 1939.

Photo Credits:

1935, Entrance Lobby, Courtesy of Sean Ryan

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

"Neighborhood Movie Theater Thematic District: Guidelines for Rehabilitation," July 1991.

Updated: February 2007

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