Skip to main content

A new operator is in the process of renovating and bringing back a historic movie theater at 50th and France in Edina. 

Edina Cinema officially closed its doors in May when operator Landmark Theatres pulled out, ending its 87-year run as a community staple in the upscale Edina neighborhood.  It had been closed since since the first COVID-19 lockdown in the spring of 2020. 

But a new partnership between building owner Suzanne Haugland with Bloomington-based Mann Theatres, with assistance from the City of Edina, will spark a $1.5 million renovation job. A city developer told the Twin Cities Business Journals that the cinema needs a major facelift since it's been more than 30 years since it was last updated. 

Michael Mann, owner and operator of Mann Theatres, told Bring Me The News that it's an "honor and privilege" to help bring back "one of the most iconic and admired theatres in the greater Twin Cities area."

"We are excited for the opportunity to elevate the moviegoing experience in the downtown Edina community," Mann said. 

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The Sun Current reports that luxury recliners will be added in addition to making over the concession areas, lobbies and restrooms. A new bar will also be installed and will mirror the "Gold Room" from The Shining.

Edina Cinema has existed at 50th and France since 1934. It was last renovated in 1988. If all goes according to plan, the renovations should be completed around March 2022.

Moviegoers will be able to see more commercial/mainstream films when the theater reopens, though it'll still show the independent and foreign films for which it has become known.

Next Up

Police tape

Woman dies after being shot in Minneapolis

The woman in her 20s died at the scene.

318932855_566492482149686_9036958628999185261_n

Twin Cities liquor store worker offers shoes off her feet to unhoused man

The man asked for boxes to use as makeshift shoes before the woman offered hers.

Screen Shot 2022-12-08 at 2.19.37 PM

St. Paul PD releases footage showing fatal police shooting of Howard Johnson

The 24-year-old died after being shot by a St. Paul officer Monday night.

318945683_10161683635994714_4236667683357316937_n

22 dogs taken in by Animal Humane Society from shuttered breeder

The dogs were taken in after a report stated there were too many on a single property.

COVER

Latest on the 2 snowstorms set to impact Minnesota

The first arrives Thursday night into Friday before a bigger system comes next week.

PepperSprayCopMPD

Cop who pepper-sprayed downtown protesters received $150K payout

Samantha Belcourt said she "feared for her life."

Powerball Minnesota lottery

$1 million Powerball prize won in Twin Cities

The winning ticket was sold in Chanhassen for Wednesday's draw.

Screen Shot 2022-12-08 at 9.16.18 AM

Animales Barbeque Co. looks to open brick-and-mortar location

The popular food truck has partnered with the owner of Billy Sushi.

Christmas presents

Here are some 2022 holiday shipping deadlines to keep in mind

Most deadlines are a few days before Christmas Eve.

Related

Screen Shot 2021-05-23 at 5.02.25 PM

Historic Edina movie theater permanently closed after 87 years

The theater, which is located near 50th and France, is operated by Landmark Theatres.

st anthony main theater

Minneapolis movie theater says it's reopening in June

It says it will encourage social distancing in theaters.

Facebook - Riverview Theater

Minneapolis' beloved Riverview Theater announces reopening date

Its first return showing will be "A Quiet Place 2" on May 28.

Screen Shot 2022-05-18 at 12.54.22 PM

Opening of new wrap-around movie theater at MOA delayed until July

B&B Theaters was originally set to open the new theater in mid-June.

Michelle Young

Teacher from Edina steals Matt James' heart on 'The Bachelor'

She's also a former high school and college basketball star.

Screen Shot 2021-08-12 at 7.58.59 AM

Watch: Edina's Jenny Taft gets into heated argument with Skip Bayless

Bayless body-shamed Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, and Taft called him out for it.