I love this photo. Debbie Reynolds and Tony Randall's The Mating Game is showing at the Edina Theater. Arthur Murray's Dance Studio, a 50th and France institution still going strong, is on the right. Guy standing in the Brown Derby doorway looks like he's wondering why someone is taking a photograph.
The answer: the photo was taken to document buildings for tax assessment purposes. We have the documents at the Edina History Museum. I will (try to) post photos from the collection every Friday because they're so great and deserve to see the light of day.
The original 1934 architectural drawings for the Edina Theater show the Brown Derby in that same location. I'd have to do more research to find out when it closed. Many people have told me that they never set foot in the door because the restaurant served beer (probably of the 3.2 variety), and their parents didn't think children belonged in a bar. (I'm guessing a few parents visited the place out of sight of their youngsters.)
If this photo sparks any memories, please comment or send me an email.
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