Renovated Uptown Theater will serve booze and food

Classic cocktails in a classic, single-screen theater  
Classic cocktails in a classic, single-screen theater  

Much like a marathon viewing of Mad Men will make you desperately want to smoke, wear gloves, and attend swinging parties with ladies of "French extraction," going to a midnight showing at the beautiful but broken down Uptown Theater always made me long for a cold beer or something stiff on the rocks to go along with my Rocky Horror Picture Show. Now, as the theater's facelift nears completion, it looks like the prayers of movie-going drinkers will be answered.

On July 20, Minneapolis City Planning Commissioner Gary Schiff announced via Facebook that the City Council approved a liquor license for the newly renovated Uptown Theater. The century-old building has been closed for construction and repairs since late January of this year. What changes and improvements can we expect to see when they re-open?

Totaling 9,800 square feet, the renovation will include additional seating in the main theater as well as a brand-new, 24-seat dining area with a three-seat bar on the mezzanine level. The first floor will still serve as the ticket-purchasing area and main lobby.

Customers won't be able to watch the movie from the dining area, but they will be able to enjoy a sit-down menu (food items are still TBA), including a "full complement of alcoholic beverages."

Michael Fant, vice president of Landmark Theaters, attended a May 7 public hearing for the various affected neighborhood associations. He stated that the new space will occasionally be used for corporate events and that the theater will still host special screenings.

Exact dates on the re-opening of the theater have not been announced, but with its liquor license approved, it looks like the important things are moving along.

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2906 Hennepin Ave. S.
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