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Harbor Theater opens its doors

After almost a year of work, the Harbor Theater on Second Avenue in Two Harbors is completely renovated and has begun showing movies. Photo by LaReesa Sandretsky.1 / 4
Harbor Theater manager April Schultz (second from left) poses with her kids, Hannah and Brandon and Harbor Theater owner Wade Kimball during last weekend’s test run of the new movie theater in Two Harbors. Next to Kimball is a cardboard cutout of Elsa and Anna, the main characters in the Disney movie “Frozen,” which will be raffled off this weekend during the Harbor Theater’s grand opening. After closing in the 1980s, the theater has begun showing movies again. Photo by LaReesa Sandretsky. 2 / 4
A popcorn cart outside enticed customers to the theater on Friday. Photo by LaReesa Sandretsky.3 / 4
Nancy McDonald and her grandson Jackson of Two Harbors were the first customers at the theater last Friday. They applied temporary tattoos in anticipation of seeing the Disney movie “Planes” on the big screen.4 / 4

After working out the kinks last weekend, the Harbor Theater is ready for its grand opening this Friday, screening the popular Disney film “Frozen” in downtown Two Harbors.

“The response has been wonderful,” said manager April Schultz. “The community has been very supportive and is happy to have the theater open again. We hope they come to the theater and show their support.”

The movie house on Second Avenue in downtown Two Harbors closed in the mid-1980s after five decades in operation. Last year, Two Harbors native Wade Kimball bought the building and began renovations. In recent months, Schultz was brought aboard to manage the theater.

The theater had a soft opening last weekend, screening Disney’s “Planes” for small audiences to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Nancy McDonald and her grandson Jackson (son of Two Harbors city councilor Seth McDonald) were the first customers in the door on Friday afternoon.

McDonald said she doesn’t drive much anymore, so she hasn’t taken her grandkids to the movies in a while.

“This way, we just walk,” she said.

She and Jackson had applied “Planes” temporary tattoos before heading to the movies. Jackson took his time choosing from the selection of candy in the lobby’s display case while his grandmother bought sodas for the pair.

Schultz’s daughter Hannah worked the cash register as Kimball made popcorn. Schultz said they haven’t solidified a regular schedule for the theater yet. Instead they’re waiting to see which times of day draw the most community members to screenings. When a pattern emerges, they’ll nail down show times. The space is also available for rent.

“Our schedule and new developments are posted on our Facebook page,” Schultz said. “We encourage people to like the page and give their input on things they would like to see happening at the theater.”

The fourth graders from Minnehaha Elementary School will be visiting the theater for a field trip in early June and Schultz said they’re working with local assisted living facilities to provide elder residents with an evening at the movies.

Other ideas have included monthly Mayor’s Pick screening – Schultz solicited Two Harbors Mayor Randy Bolen for suggestions, and he lobbed out “Predator,” the 1987 sci-fi film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“We want the community to be involved and we need them to show their support to keep the theater going strong,” Schultz said.

Check out the theater’s Facebook page at for more information and screening announcements.

Go to the movies

“Frozen” at Harbor Theater

When: May 30 and 31 with show times at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Where: Harbor Theater, 616 Second Ave., Two Harbors

Tickets: $7; $6 for kids 11 and under

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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