Some context. The theater was next to the Sheridan, favored by show-biz people for decades. By this time, however, the hotel was welcoming transients, and it had the same worn-heel crowd as the Souls Harbor on the other side of the picture. One of the city’s illuminated Grain Belt Signs can be seen in the back; the Westminster Church on Nicollet is still around. This was Minneapolis in its grimier days, and the Lyceum wasn’t long for the world when this shot was taken. In 1958 it closed as a theater, was taken over by a religious organization, and stood for almost two decades before it was knocked down.

Next: the site today.