The operators of Minneapolis' Uptown Theatre have agreed to leave the property, settling an eviction case brought by the landlord over months of unpaid rent.
Landmark Theatres, which has operated the Uptown Theatre since 1978, must be out of the 2906 Hennepin Avenue space by June 11, according to the joint settlement agreement filed June 3. If the company still hasn't vacated, the landlord – Lagoon Partners, LLC – can request a writ of recovery, allowing them to legally take back the space.
The settlement does not include any payments.
Lagoon Partners, LLC filed an eviction complaint with Hennepin County back on May 18. It alleged Landmark Theatres owed more than $340,000 in unpaid rent, operating expenses and fees, covering a period from April 2020 through May 2021.
The theater had closed its doors March 16, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, promising on Facebook shortly after that the company "will emerge from this as an even stronger Landmark family and community."
But the company, like many theater chains, has been hit hard by the pandemic. In addition to the problems in Uptown, Landmark (whose parent company is Silver Cinema Acquisition) said it will not reopen the historic Edina Cinema.
Its Lagoon Cinema, just a block away from the Uptown Theatre, resumed limited showings in February. However, the theater said on June 4 it would be temporarily closed due to unrest following the fatal law enforcement shooting of Winston Boogie Smith.
Bring Me The News has reached out to Silver Cinema Acquisition for a comment.