Block E clears out, AMC movie theaters to close Sept. 23

Developers announced that AMC movie theaters in downtown Minneapolis' Block E will close at the end of the business day Sept. 23. The complex is nearly empty, leaving only one business afloat. Block E's owner intended to build a $400 million casino in the space, but the plan wasn't making any progress at the Capitol.
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Another one bites the dust. WCCO-TV reports AMC Theaters in downtown's Block E will close on Sept 23, leaving the Shout House Dueling Piano Bar as one of the last businesses left in the development.

Earlier this year, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul upheld a previous ruling that would not allow the theater to extend its lease beyond September.

Developers have explored the idea of transforming the complex into a casino or office space. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has said a casino option was not making any progress within the state legislature.

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