Canby Theatre

109 Saint Olaf Avenue North,
Canby, MN 56220

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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. Renovations were carried out and it reopened April 2, 2015 with “Fast and Furious 7”. Theatre 1 now has 210 seats and Theatre 2 has 75 seats. Fundraising continues to install digital equipment in Theatre 2.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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foxfamily on February 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

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 on February 25, 2014 at 12:49 am

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

barbv on February 25, 2014 at 12:54 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 on February 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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

Vikeologist on March 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The Canby Theater now has a Facebook page! It will have upcoming fundraising events and updates on the progress of the renovations!

barbv on September 8, 2014 at 6:46 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 on October 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

The renovations are coming along nicely! The planned opening date is Friday Nov. 14th. The website for the theater is

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 —>

Vikeologist on November 15, 2014 at 10:53 pm

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

Vikeologist on January 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm

An online fundraising site has been set up! $40,000 is needed to finish the renovations. Please consider giving and help spread the word!

To Donate go to

Thank You!

Vikeologist on March 29, 2015 at 12:13 pm

We’re Opening! Thursday April 2nd with Fast and Furious 7.

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