The Hollywood Theatre building is another step closer to being purchased by Andrew Volna. The City Council on May 9th authorized the sale of the building for $1.00 to Volna’s company, Out of the Past Redevelopment. Volna’s company received the building for that amount due to the extensive amount of redevelopment which needs to be done to make the building functional once again.
The City’s authorization of the sale approved the terms which Out of the Past Redevelopment must meet. Over the next 22 months Out of the Past Redevelopment must rehabilitate the exterior and façade, which includes the Hollywood sign and marquee, as well as rehabilitate the lobby, reconstruct the ticket booth and to preserve historic elements in the auditorium and inner lobby of the building.
There are special plans for the annual meeting which will take place on Monday, October 7th at 7 pm. It will be held at the Coffee Shop NE (2852A Johnson St NE) once again, which we hope will become the site for future community meetings.
The coffee shop is donating drinks and Hazel's NE is providing desserts (which owner Adam describes as "delectable.") ANA thanks them both.
Audubon Neighborhood Association Community Meeting September 10, 2012
Board Members Present: Nic Baker, Justin Kwong, Adam Sieve, Sean Koebele, Jeff Smyser, Craig Pederson and Kevin Kelly.
Absent: Melanie Birke and Candace Baker.
This meeting consisted of a community discussion on a potential redevelopment of the Hollywood Theatre.
Four presenters addressed community members: Miles Mercer, City of Minneapolis CPED staff, Minneapolis 1st Ward Council Member Kevin Reich, Andrew Volna of Noiseland Industries and Apiary, LLC. and Meghan Elliott of PVN.
There will be a free open house of the Hollywood Theater on Saturday, September 29, from 2pm to 6pm. As you may have heard, a developer is seriously considering purchase of the theater for renovation, although many steps would have to take place before that becomes a reality. Anyway, the interior is definitely in bad shape, but maintains the glory of its earlier days. If you haven't done the tour, it is well worth the trip.
We need volunteers to staff the front door and interior. If you have an hour or so to spare during those times, please contact Miles Mercer, Senior Project Coordinator, at 612-673-5043.
On the agenda for our next ANA meeting is an introduction to a potential developer for the Hollywood Theater. Andrew Volna, a native Northeaster, is the head of real estate company Apiary LLC, and music company Noiseland Industries.
Andrew will profile his portfolio of real estate projects, talk about his ideas for reactivating the Hollywood Theater building, and listen to the community’s feedback on this potential development. Joining Andrew in the presentation will be his architectural and engineering advisor, Meghan Elliot of Preservation Design Works. Council Member Kevin Reich and City of Minneapolis staff will also be part of the discussion.
Please come join the conversation about the future of the Hollywood.
Monday, September 10th, 7pm, at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 1509 27th Ave. NE.
Ask any Northeaster of a certain age and you’ll hear a story—a first date, the lush décor, the classic movie featuring the glamorous stars of another day. Ask a 21st century newcomer and you’ll hear a story of a rundown eyesore covered with tattered placards. Ask a preservationist and you’ll learn just why the Hollywood is an architectural treasure of historic import. There are clear differences of memory—and opinion—surrounding the Hollywood Theater, 2815 Johnson Northeast in Minneapolis.
Savage Umbrella opens its 2011-2012 season with the premiere of “The Ravagers” this November at the historic Hollywood Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. With a cast of 22 performers ranging from ages 16 to 62, the production marks the theater company’s most ambitious project yet.
“The Ravagers” is loosely based on the ancient Greek play “The Suppliants” by Aeschylus. In “The Suppliants,” Danaus is tyrant of Argos and has 50 daughters who are set to marry their 50 Egyptian cousins. To avoid giving up power to his future sons-in-law, Danaus tells his daughters to murder their new husbands on their wedding night. All do, except for one. “The Ravagers” explores what happens when one daughter discovers herself at the precipice between obedience and resistance.
The Ravagers is written by Blake E. Bolan and Laura Leffler-McCabe and is directed by Blake E. Bolan.