The historic Terrace Theater will be demolished this time

Demolition of Robbinsdale's historic theater starts up again Saturday.

The historic Robbinsdale Terrace Theater has been the center of a long will-they, won't-they battle, in terms of its demolition.

And it looks like – for real this time – it's going to be torn down Saturday.

Friends of the Historic Terrace – a group that's been fighting to save the 1950s theater – made the announcement on Facebook.

"Terrace Theater: 1951 - 2016. It is with a heavy heart that we regret to inform you that the fight is over," the post said.

The group explained that they had not been able to raise the $6,375,000 they needed, so they are "out of options" to save the historic building.

"This is a sad day for all of us, as it is the end of a multi-year effort to save the Terrace and repurpose it into a glorious asset for Robbinsdale and Minnesota," the post said.

Demolition of the theater started last Saturday, but a group of protesters stopped it.

What comes next?

There have been plans to knock down the theater for a while.

In fact, the City of Robbinsdale voted earlier this year to tear it down to make way for a Hy-Vee grocery store and gas station. But Hy-Vee put its plans on hold for a while because it didn't want to be responsible for the demolition of the 1950s theater.

The grocer wanted to wait to advance its plans until the city figured out what it was doing with the building.

The Terrace Theater opened in 1951, and it was considered one of the most luxurious, comfortable and up-to-date theaters in the country, the Robbinsdale Historical Society says. In 1999, it played its last film and has sat vacant ever since.

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