Want old Pantages seats? The city has 200 to spare

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August 25, 2003 // UPDATED 11:03 am - April 30, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Minneapolis Community Development Agency is looking for takers for about 200 old Pantages Theater seats.

The seats are warehoused in a Grain Belt building slated for demolition later this fall. The Historic Preservation Commission has not designated them historically significant. In fact, MCDA official Bill Tetzlaff wrote in an e-mail that they are in "crappy" condition.

Although the Pantages, 7th Street and Hennepin Avenue, has been recently restored to its 1916 vaudeville theater roots, the seats are from the building's days as the Mann movie theater. They sat unused for more than a decade after the Mann closed.

The MCDA will not schedule individual appointments to view the seats but will host a one-time viewing during the first week of September.

The agency is also trying to get rid of an old Franklin Theater marquee stored at the Grain Belt site.

Tetzlaff said the sign -- 8 feet wide, 22 feet long and 6 feet deep -- was going to be used on the Franklin LRT station, but renovation was deemed too costly.

He said the sign was in poor condition with questionable structural integrity and some corrosion. Incandescent fixtures lining the sign need to be replaced along with neon ballasts and tubing on the sign.

Those interested in the sign need to arrange to have a truck with a crane to remove it from the building.