BEST USED FURNITURE (VINTAGE) - 2000
Five years ago, when an Uptown institution called Cobblestone Antiques lost its lease, Richard Hickenbotham and five other dealers who'd had booths there set about looking for a new space. In short order they settled on a long-vacant movie theater near the corner of Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue. It proved to be a wise move. Cobblestone, once widely regarded as the city's premier antique shop, folded shortly after moving to a new location. Theatre Antiques, on the other hand, has prospered, attracting a mixed clientele of neighborhood hipsters and affluent collectors hunting for the perfect appointments. A quick walk through the showroom and it's not hard to see why they come here. The furniture selection is impeccable. You won't find that overstuffed recliner grandma couldn't give away at the garage sale here. For the most part, the furniture stock is retro, with an emphasis on art deco and modern. If you're looking for, say, a curved leather-topped coffee table with brass legs (not a bad deal at $175) or a sturdy oak sideboard (sweet, but steep at $945), Theatre Antiques satisfies. But don't expect to find any outrageous bargains. These guys are pros and they know what stuff is worth. In addition to the furniture, the jam-packed shop offers a wide range of other curiosities: vintage magazines, old eyeglasses, clocks, radios, lamps--and even a framed black-velvet Elvis wall hanging. At $135, that last item wasn't cheap. But hey, vintage Fat Elvis stuff is tough to come by these days.