Protest at Edina’s Westgate, Two Years into the Theater’s 114-Week Run of Harold and Maude
The Westgate Theater in Edina, Minnesota, began showing a little-noticed independent film called Harold and Maude on March 22, 1972. Soon the quirky movie with its two unlikely protagonists—a wealthy young man with a death obsession and his feisty septuagenarian companion—started catching on with Twin Cities audiences, and the Westgate began extending its run. Exhibitors around the country took notice of the goings-on in Edina, and within weeks Harold and Maude was a national phenomenon. The film ended up running for a record-setting 114 weeks at the Westgate. Near the end of the run, frustrated local residents began picketing the theater, demanding more variety.
Source: Twin Cities Picture Show by Yours Truly
Photo via Minnesota Historical Society
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