DeMarce Theatre

1320 Atlantic Avenue,
Benson, MN 56215

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DeMarce Theatre

The DeMarce Theatre opened in 1916 as a silent movie theatre. When sound movies came along the DeMarce Theatre adjusted to the changes.

The theatre has remained in operation continously with modifications that were necessary over the years.

It now features the latest in sound and projection and shows first run attractions. It is the only operating movie theatre in Swift County.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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deleted user
[Deleted] on February 6, 2005 at 9:48 pm

The Swift County Historical Society shows the DeMarce Theatre as opening in 1916. Since it is their only theatre I presume they would not confuse its opening with another theatre. I will check further into this as I believe the seating of 400 is understated. The Benson Opera House had 400 seats. Perhaps you have the two confused.

deleted user
[Deleted] on February 7, 2005 at 12:45 am

I am not trying to be condescending Charles. I am only pointing out incorrect data. Giving an opening date of 1911 when the true date was 1916 is obviously incorrect and misleading to other researchers. Different theatre publications show various seating counts for this theatre ranging from 440 seats to 510 seats. I will concede to your estimate of 400 seats.

deleted user
[Deleted] on February 7, 2005 at 3:44 am

IF I have all the correct information? If I were to add all the theatres to this site with the correct data; there would be nothing for you or the other members to do. I prefer to leave the ‘legwork’ so to speak to others. It is a good learning experience for you. I will then make corrections as they are needed.

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 1:37 am

This photo is supposed to be from 1917, so apparently there were two theaters in Benson at that time. The marquee’s front says Benson Opera House.

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 2:02 am

The caption for the Dreamland says Pacific Avenue, while the DeMarce is on Atlantic Avenue, which might help.

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 2:12 am

I have to go, so if you want to add the Dreamland please do so.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm

The DeMarce Theater has a web site.

ROKMOD on July 16, 2013 at 11:34 am


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