Built in 1927, the Suburban World is truly a unique venue. Built in classic Granada Style, the Spanish facades and original stars still shine and clouds float by giving the effect of being in an open air Spanish courtyard.
Originally called the Granada Theatre, this historic building was designed by local architect Jack Liebenberg. His innovative design featured stadium seating in an atmospheric theatre giving the illusion that viewers are seated outdoors in a Spanish courtyard.
The theatre remains much as it was when the Granada originally opened. Stars and moving clouds adorn the ceiling - making it appear as if it has no roof. Stucco facades of balconies, statues and plants further enhance the illusion.
It is the only surviving example of an atmospheric theatre in Minneapolis and one of few remaining in the state.
In 1954, the theatre became known as the Suburban World Theatre and it was during this period that extensive remodeling was completed. Wrought iron doors that adorned the front of the theatre, as well as the lobby's iron chandelier, were removed and replaced by more modern fixtures. Further restoration has succeeded in restoring much of the original façade of the theatre.