Edina Cinema to reopen with Mann Theatres taking over

The Edina Cinema will undergo a full renovation before reopening. (FOX 9)

The Edina Cinema is making a comeback.

Bloomington-based Mann Theatres is poised to sign a five-year lease to take over the space at 50th and France, which has been closed since Landmark Theatres vacated the theater earlier this year, co-owner Michelle Mann told FOX 9. They are aiming for a spring 2022 opening. 

Mann Theatres will likely retain the name Edina Cinema, Mann said. The four-screen theater will show a mix of independent and commercial films. 

The theater will undergo a full renovation before reopening, everything from the seats to the sound system to the concession stand, Mann said. They’re also planning to put in a bar modeled after The Gold Room from the movie The Shining.

"We want to make this theater a destination that you want to come to for more than just a movie," Mann said.

The City of Edina is providing financial support for the estimated $1.5 million renovation of the historic theater. On Thursday, the Edina Housing and Redevelopment Authority agreed to give the property owner a $200,000 grant from their American Rescue Plan funds and a $300,000 forgivable loan to Mann Theatres if they operate the theater for at least six years, a city spokesperson confirmed. 

Mann Theatres currently operates eight movie theaters in Minnesota, including the Highland and Grandview cinemas in St. Paul.