The historic Terrace Theater might not be torn down for a Hy-Vee after all


Hy-Vee's plan to open a new spot in Robbinsdale is on pause.

Earlier this month, the city council there voted to tear down the historic Terrace Theater to make room for a Hy-Vee grocery store and a gas station.

The vote was unanimous even though community members had previously fought to save the site.

Then Thursday – just weeks after the vote – Hy-Vee told the City of Robbinsdale it's delaying the decision to move forward with the Terrace Mall development.

The City of Robbinsdale said in a statement that "this news is extremely disappointing" to both residents and city leaders.

"We all stand to lose a significant investment, one that would provide an economic anchor on a blighted corner, and serve as a catalyst for future development of our community," the statement reads.

According to the Star Tribune, the grocer just doesn't want to be considered responsible for the destruction of the 1950s theater.

Robbinsdale officials say they're still discussing the situation with Hy-Vee, though. And regardless of what the grocer ultimately decides, the owner of Terrace Mall will work to redevelop the area.

There's a petition where people can say whether or not they support a Hy-Vee coming to the area. Click here to sign it.

This whole situation will be discussed again on Tuesday in a council meeting.

Hy-Vee has been expanding throughout the state. The Iowa-based grocery chain has 22 locations in Minnesota – at least five are in the Twin Cities metro.

About Terrace Theater

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.

It was the last indoor theater designed by Twin Cities architects Liebenberg and Kaplan (L&K), who designed or remodeled dozens of other theaters in the Twin Cities, including ones in Wayzata (1932), Edina (1934), Uptown (1937), and the Varsity (1938), Preservation Design Works LLC notes.

The 1,300-seat Terrace Theater gained L&K national attention for its design, which featured a sunken den and fireplace, a television lounge, well-furnished nursery rooms and deep and soft cushion seats, the historical society says. During its heyday, the theater attracted guests from every state and even Canada.

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