The New Victory Theatre, 2312 1st Avenue, Hibbing, MN 55746, the Edelsten’s first Hibbing theatre. It became Johnson TV Repair then in 2009 it was a Discount and Pawn Shop and then it became a warehouse.
The Lybba had a cry room, a room soundproofed for mothers and babies, but the film sound was played there and the film was visible through glass. It is said that Bob Zimmerman, who did not have to pay to see the films as his family owned the cinemas, also had access to the closed cry room for evening showings. A most private place to take a girl for a heavy date… wink ifade simgesi
“One of the big things that we really enjoyed was James Dean. We went to Steven’s Grocery and Confectionary to look at all the magazines of James Dean; how he got killed in that car accident.
Did you go to Lybba’s Theater with Bob?
Yes, we went to movies related to music all the time. James Dean, Brando …things like that. It was usually John Bucklen, Bob and myself.”
— Leroy Hoikkala in On the Tracks issue #18.
Lybba Theatre. Swiss Family Robinson was released on 21 December 1960. Goldie Rutstein was the cashier at the Lybba for many years and Sam Edelstein took tickets.
Mel Edelstein (1923-2014) was working at the Lybba, the State and the Drive-In until they were sold. He then left Hibbing to become manager of the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.
The Lybba Theatre 2135 1st Avenue, Hibbing, MN 55746 was built in 1947. It closed in October of 1982. In 1984, the building was sold and it is now the home of the Sunrise Deli. The marquee is still used by the deli.
The theater was owned by Max, Julius and Sam Edelstein. It was sold to Mann Theaters in 1976. Julius died 29 December 1977. Max died 23 October 1994.
The Lybba was named after Lybba Edelstein, wife of Hibbing’s pioneer showman, B. H. Edelstein. Lybba Edelstein’s daughter was Florence Edelstein Stone; Florence’s daughter is Beatty Stone Zimmerman, and Beatty’s son is Robert Allen Zimmerman.
Bob’s son, Jesse, has a charity called Lybba.
2135 1st Avenue, Hibbing, MN 55746 — 17 October 2010.
Sunrise Deli. Lybba. Master of the Quick Lunch. Delicatessen and Coffee Shop.
Linda Stroback tells us, ” We saved the marquee letters from the Lybba Theatre, you can see them up on the wall at Zimmy’s in Hibbing! They are lit & look excellent.”
— photograph courtesy of Jackie Chambers Rudnick 20120524
The wind it was howlin’ and the snow was outrageous
State Film Theater on a Hibbing winter’s day!
Photographer: Al Heitman
Photograph Collection 11/11/1940
Location no. QC2.61ca r1
Negative no. 22759
State Film Theater, 307 East Howard Street, Hibbing, MN 55746.
864 seats. Opened 1921. Bought from the Minnesota Amusement Company by Max, Julius and Sam Edelstein in 1964 and then sold to Marvin Mann in 1976. In 1980 it was torn down for the expansion of Merchants and Miners Bank, now the Andrew Mason Lees Building.
“A couple of reasons are that it was falling apart from neglect and that the bank wanted it, so they could expand. I think it didn’t meet the existing fire code at the time and was too expensive to upgrade.” — Hibbing informant —
State Film Theater interior.
East Howard Street. State Film Theater on the left.
The State Film Theater (1921-1980) on the day it was demolished
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