America’s Finest Theatre

In 1951, when the Terrace opened on a small hill above Crystal Lake, the building was one of the most dramatic and elegant theaters ever built in the Twin Cities. The International-style exterior was made up of a series of rectangles and a towering marquee, topped by the theater’s name. Inside the front doors, beyond the lobby, the Terrace was equipped with sweeping foyers overlooking a rolling lawn and enormous parking lot.

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1952

One unusual and very popular feature of the Terrace Theater was its television room, complete with sofas, chairs and a television. If the movie was dull, dad could always cut out and catch a little of the game. In the back of Terrace auditorium the architects installed soundproof “birthday party rooms” that could also be used for crying babies.

 

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1989

 

Over the years the Terrace made a variety of improvements.The equipment was upgraded in the 1970’s to 70mm projectors. In 1987 the Terrace was divided into a four-plex. The main auditorium was cut in half and two small balconies were separated and turned into small screening rooms. The “Midco Terrace” multi-plex debuted with a showing of Steve Martin’s “Roxanne” for a $1.00. In 1999 the last movie played and the Terrace closed.