Historic Terrace Theatre Day Proclomations

We greatly appreciate the support that the council has shown to us with this declaration. Not only is it a great way to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the opening of the theatre, but the proclamation also reinforces our stance that the Historic Terrace Theatre is an important building, both culturally and architecturally, and should be saved.

Here is the wording of the Robbinsdale City Council’s Declaration:

WHEREAS, the Terrace Theatre was opened by Sydney and William Volk on May 23, 1951. Designed by the prominent architecture firm of Liebenberg and Kaplan, the Terrace was the first major movie theatre to open in the Minneapolis suburbs after World War II, and was one of the country’s first ultra-modern
WHEREAS, since closing, it has received continued support from preservationists and historians as an important historical building, both culturally and architecturally;
WHEREAS, for nearly 50 years, the Terrace offered the citizens of Robbinsdale and its surrounding area a place to go for family entertainment until the theatre closed its doors in the late 1990’s;
WHEREAS, May 23, 2016 marks the 65 th anniversary of the opening of the
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Regan L. Murphy, Mayor of the City of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, with concurrence of the City Council, for the City of Robbinsdale, hereby proclaims:

May 23, 2016 as Historic Terrace Theatre Day

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the official seal of the City of Robbinsdale this 3rd day of May 2016.


And then the Historic Terrace Theatre earned another honor.  Announced at the 65th anniversary celebration, Governor Mark Dayton has declared May 23, 2016 “Historic Terrace Theatre Day” in Minnesota.  Joining with the previously announced declaration from the City of Robbinsdale, Governor Dayton’s declaration helps to show the importance of historic preservation through restoration and reuse, instead of merely demolishing historic buildings to make way for newer structures.

Below is the text from Governor Dayton’s declaration:

  • Whereas: On May 23, 1951 the Terrace Theatre opened in Robbinsdale, Minnesota; and
  • Whereas: The Terrace Theatre was designed by the renowned architectural firm for Liebenberg and Kaplan, bringing the City of robbinsdale and the State of Minnesota natinowide attention due to the groundbreaking and innovative design work used in its construction; and
  • Whereas: The Terrace Theatre was the first major suburban, post-World War II movie theater to be built in the Twin Cities Metropolian Area, and one of the first modern movie theaters in the country; and
  • Whereas: The Terrace Theatre was a long-standing fixture for family entertainment in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area for nearly 50 years; and
  • Whereas: It is vital to bring attention to historic buildings in order to show support for historic projects.
  • Now, therefore, I, Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota, doe hereby proclaim Monday, May 23, 2016 as: Historic Terrace Theatre Day in the State of Minnesota.


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