Address: 2815 Johnson Street N.E.
Neighborhood: Audubon Park
Construction Date: 1935
Architect: Liebenberg and Kaplan
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Historic Use: Culture/Recreation – Motion Picture Theater
Current Use: Vacant
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.
1935, Entrance Lobby, Courtesy of Sean Ryan
2006, Minneapolis CPED
"Neighborhood Movie Theater Thematic District: Guidelines for Rehabilitation," July 1991.
Updated: February 2007