The Heights Theatre, located in Columbia Heights, a northern suburb of Minneapolis, has been in continous operation since 1926, making it one of the oldest movie theaters in Minnesota. It’s beautifully restored on the inside with chandeliers lining the theater’s ceiling. The design of the building and space make it an impressive place to catch a show. It feels like you’re traveling back in time to see movies the way they were meant to be seen…on a classic big screen.
According to the theater’s website, “Built in the Beaux Arts style of the last century, the Heights Theatre building was a simple neighborhood house running film full-time and showcasing local talent in stage plays in “High Class Amateur Vaudeville Acts.” The Heights has survived at least three fires, one bombing and “The Big Blow of 1949” when a Fridley tornado twisted the tower sign.
Today, the Heights is privately owned and operated by Tom Letness, who specializes in new quality foreign, independent and family-oriented Hollywood releases as well as classic revival and live entertainment.”
I went there to see “The Lives of Others“, the 2007 Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, which was well worth the wait. The German film takes place in the early eighties in East Germany, as the Stasi, East German State Security agency, begins monitoring, the successful dramatist, Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, at the beheadst of the Minister of Culture, who has taken a fancy to Christa. Although he is supposed to be strictly monitoring the pair, the secret service agent, Wiesler, becomes fascinated and involved in their lives – sometimes taking on god-like controlling qualities and other times playing the hero and friend. It’s an extremely well-written movie.