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Buy a piece of Northeast history: Hollywood Theater seats for sale

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Want to buy a piece of Northeast Minneapolis cinema history?

Hollywood Theater
K. Donatelle

Fans of the vintage cloth-covered theater seats at the historic Hollywood Theater, 2815 Johnson Street NE, now have a rare opportunity to buy them at a bargain price.

An example of the Streamline Moderne/Art Deco architectural style, the Hollywood has many architectural gems just waiting to be restored. The theater is a designated historic landmark, but it's in need of rehabilitation and the city of Minneapolis is exploring uses for the theater. 

Proceeds from the seat sale will assist with rehabilitation of the Theater's marquee, ticket booth, and façade. The city purchased the theater in 1993 and is conducting the sale along with the Audubon Neighborhood Association (ANA).

The Hollywood opened in 1935 and stopped showing movies in 1987, according to the ANA.  It had been boarded up for years, until the public got a rare peek inside at an open house last summer. See the slide show below for a glimpse inside.

The price is $25 per seat and $20 per seat if you buy more than one connected seat. Each seat will be sold “as is” and available for pick-up on Saturday, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Hollywood.  Note, though, that the decorative seat end panels (also pictured below) are not for sale.

To order, send an email to indicating:

• Your Name
• The number of seats wanted
• Configuration of seats - whether individual or connected
• Phone number you can be reached at on November 21

For more information and history about the theater:
Read about the Hollywood open house here.

I'm curious to know how buyers plan to use the seats.  And how would you like to see the theater used?

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