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Scott Clayton
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 - posted September 13, 2012 01:56 AM      Profile for Scott Clayton           Edit/Delete Post 
It's curtains for the 15-screen AMC Theatre in Block-E. The cinema will close for good after its last show on Sept. 23.

On Wednesday, the company announced the closure, saying AMC Theatres lost a fight to extend their lease earlier this year.
With the theatre closing, most of the complex will now be
empty. The owners of Block-E say they are working on a plan B for the building after they failed to get approval for a downtown casino; however, no details have been released.

I guess Minneapolis people are going to have to drive father away to see a movie? It use to be Mega Star Cinemas 15 before AMC bought them. Closest place near Minneapolis to see a movie is:

(1) Showplace 14 ICON at the West end: St Louis Park.
(2) Brooklyn Center Stadium 20: Brooklyn Center.
(3) AMC Inver Grove Heights Showplace 16.
(4) Marcus Theatres: Oakdale 17 North Ultra Screen Cinema.
(5) Carmike Cinemas: Oakdale Carmike Stadium 20: Oakdale.

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Scott Clayton
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 - posted September 24, 2012 11:27 AM      Profile for Scott Clayton           Edit/Delete Post 
Last movie showing at Block E as AMC moves out

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Another Block E tenant has closed-up shop in downtown Minneapolis. The AMC Theater showed its final movie Sunday night.

Only four businesses remain at the failed Block E complex: Kieran's Irish Pub, Jimmy John's, Starbucks and the Shout House piano bar.

"I'm not saying it's a great looking building, but it's not terrible," said Lee Holcomb at Gluek's Restaurant and Bar across the street. "I don't know why it didn't work at all."

The new owners of Block E wanted to transform the area into a downtown casino, but never got the necessary political support. Instead, it sounds like developers will convert Block E into office space.

"Gameworks, Applebee's, this place was full of everything," said Aaron Smith, who was at the last Block E movie on Sunday. "I remember seeing the blueprints, all the future plans. It's kind of sad."

AMC Theaters wanted to stay in Block E, even going to court to extend the lease. But Block E's new owners denied it, indicating they have plans for a massive facelift to the entertainment center.

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