DeMarce Theater

1320 Atlantic Avenue,
Benson, MN 56215

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

The theater 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 theater in Swift County.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2005 at 12:54 pm

From the Benson Chamber of Commerce:

“A motion picture theater opened in Benson in the Aldrich House in 1916. In 1925, John DeMarce purchased the theater. Today, the DeMarce Theater, operated by Larry DeMarce, is the only movie theater in Swift County”.

If I’m reading this correctly, from 1916-1925 this was called the Aldrich House.

kencmcintyre
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.
http://tinyurl.com/ddjbnv

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 28, 2009 at 1:50 am

I don’t know what the DeMarce Theater looks like so I can’t tell if it is the same theater as the Dreamland Theater.

kencmcintyre
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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 28, 2009 at 2:10 am

Pacific Avenue and Atlantic Avenue are obviously not the same. The Dreamland might have been a short lived theater but it still counts and should be listed here. Nice find.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 2:12 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 28, 2009 at 2:28 am

Okay. I’ll add the Dreamland and when you get a chance you could post a link to the photo that you found. Thanks.

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

The DeMarce Theater has a web site.

ROKMOD
ROKMOD on July 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

1984 DEMARCE THEATRE CALENDAR http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr293/ROKMOD/1X/IMG_1605.jpg

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