Minneapolis Uptown Theater at risk of eviction – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minneapolis’ iconic Uptown Theater faces eviction.
Lagoon Partners, LLC, the owner of the building, this week filed an eviction complaint against Landmark Theaters, the Delaware-based company that operates the single-screen cinema in the heart of Uptown. The complaint alleges that Landmark Theaters owes more than $ 340,000 in arrears of rent and fees.
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According to the complaint, Lagoon Partners sent Landmark Theaters a written notice on May 4 regarding its failure to pay rent, demanding full payment by May 17. Lagoon Partners never received payment, the lawsuit says, so it is asking the court for possession of the property, thereby evicting the Landmark Theaters.
The Uptown Theater has been a long-time staple in its southern Minneapolis neighborhood, popular for its midnight screenings and focuses on independent and foreign cinema.
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The history of the theater dates back to 1916 when it first opened as the Lagoon Theater. About a decade later, it was renovated and received its current name. Following a devastating fire in 1939, local designers rebuilt the theater in its now iconic modern style, including the 15-meter tower that brilliantly displays Uptown’s name.
Landmark Theaters has operated the building since 1978. However, the theater has been closed since last March due to the ongoing pandemic.
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The nearby Lagoon Cinema, also operated by Landmark Theaters, started showing films again in February.