Sheldon Theatre

443 West 3rd Street,
Red Wing, MN 55066

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Interior 1904

Built in 1904 with funds from local businessman T.B. Sheldon, it is the country’s first city-owned theatre. In 1986, it was gloriously restored to its original grandeur. Described as a “glittering jewel box”, it charms performers and audiences alike. Today it operates year-round, presenting a broad range of touring events — including music, theatre, dance, comedy, films, lectures and more.

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TLOLSON on August 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm

The theater’s architect was Lowell A. Lamoreau. Construction was by J. and W.A. Elliot & Co. It was not the nation’s first municipal theater. The Academy of Music Theater in Northampton, MA. preceded it by 14 years.
The manager who wrote “Boxoffice” reviews was most likely Eddie Swanson who received an award from Boxoffice near the time of his death in late 1955. He was succeeded by James Fraser who may have continued the tradition.
See my recent book,Thomas Olson, “Sheldon’s Gift: Music, Movies and Melodrama in the Desirable City,” NorthStar Press of St. Cloud, 2009.

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