The Parkway Theater in south Minneapolis is back, and is intent on being better than ever.
The historic cinema at Chicago and 48th was bought earlier this year by investor Ward Johnson and business partner Eddie Landenburger, who also bought the adjoining Pepito's restaurant space following its closure in late December.
El Burrito Minneapolis, from the same team behind El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul, opened this week in the former Pepito's space, and the Parkway Theater will follow by re-opening in a month's time.
In an announcement on Friday, The Parkway said it will re-open on Sept. 13, releasing a full schedule of movies and music planned for the Art Deco space.
This includes a weekly series of classic 35mm movies, starting with Jaws on Sept. 13, with others planned including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Clockwork Orange and Saturday Night Fever.
Live comedy and music is also planned, with concerts from Jeremy Messersmith, Dave King and Ashwini Ramaswamy all confirmed.
The theater, which has been in Minneapolis for 90 years, has undergone its first renovation in more than 40 years.
It has been modernized, the Parkway notes, including a brand new bar in the lobby serving craft beer and a cocktail menu designed by Tattersall Distilling.
There will still be buttered popcorn at the concessions stand, while inside the theater the sound system has been updated, two 35mm projectors have been restored, and the original seating has been reupholstered and painted.
Two main floor bathrooms have been added, while "several classic coin-operated arcade games" are now in situ in the lobby.