Canby Theatre

109 Saint Olaf Avenue North,
Canby, MN 56220

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Canby Theatre

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The Canby Theatre is located in the downtown section of Canby. Opened in November 15, 1939 as the New Canby Theatre with 600 seats. The blond brick building not only houses the theatre but five retail spaces and five apartments on the second floor.

The originally single screen theatre had a second screen added around 1982. It remained in operation showing first-run films until closing in December 2012. Undergoing renovations with a reopening planned for 2015.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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flied001
flied001 on February 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Nope, not Willa; I’m Gene, son of Emil. Bill was her dad so we are cousins.

Vikeologist
Vikeologist on February 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Would anyone be willing to donate to the renovation of the theater?

foxfamily
foxfamily on February 23, 2014 at 12:18 am

My family Fox was a long time resident of Canby, and George Fox owned and ran the Billard Hall just down the street. Grandfather Ben Fox ran his farm just outside of down but lived down off Olaf Street Why don’t you have special movie screenings of older movies that were shown there at the Canby, and have home made baked goods to sell for snacks to raise money to reopen the theater. Of course this would only supplement larger tax free donations. People who provide food can watch free. I used to pick and sell my grandfathers corn in my mothers 1920 wooden wagon, by going door to door to get money to see a movie there in the 50’s and have a coke at George’s Billard Hall. So going to this theater had specil meaning and hard work for a young Canby boy.

barbv
barbv on February 25, 2014 at 5:49 am

flied001 – thanks for your info. What was the name of the lady your uncle married who played the theater piano?

barbv
barbv on February 25, 2014 at 5:54 am

wkpledger – Hi Willa Kay, I remember your name so well but can’t remember if you were ahead or behind me in school, I graduated 1962. I didn’t know this site had been going for a few years as I just got internet almost a year ago. Did you read my comment to flied001 asking if that was you? and my other comments on the theater piano? Barbv

flied001
flied001 on February 25, 2014 at 6:39 pm

barbv – Uncle Bill married Edna Peterson; I think the year was 1937

Vikeologist
Vikeologist on March 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

The Canby Theater now has a Facebook page! It will have upcoming fundraising events and updates on the progress of the renovations! https://www.facebook.com/CanbyTheater

barbv
barbv on September 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm

hi Willa Kay, this is Barb Blaine Vanstrom. I just typed you a long comment and am not computer savy so I pressed enter to send it instead of the below box that says add comment. We moved to mom and dad’s farm 3 years ago and mom always told me her piano which is still in her house was played by her cousin or aunt. we are having a huge auction this Sat., Sept. 13 and the piano is on the auction. It would be nice to know if that is true so it could be stated by the auctioneer but I can’t do that if I don’t know for sure. Please email me with what you know about that at: thanks, I would love to hear from you

Vikeologist
Vikeologist on October 16, 2014 at 12:38 am

The renovations are coming along nicely! The planned opening date is Friday Nov. 14th. The website for the theater is http://www.canbyclassiccinema.com

We are still in need of donations, as we are still well short of our goal! New seats can be purchased for a $200 donation. I can get information to anyone who is interested.

You can see the progress by going to the facebook page here —> https://www.facebook.com/CanbyTheater

Vikeologist
Vikeologist on November 16, 2014 at 3:53 am

The marquee was lit up tonight! I have added some pictures! Check them out!

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