Shore Theater

16 or 18 West Wisconsin Street,
Grand Marais, MN

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This theater anchored the south side of Wisconsin Street, the main street of Grand Marais, half a block from the harbor. In its day it was the only theater on the north shore of Lake Superior between Duluth and Thunder Bay—the only theater on a 200-or-so mile stretch of highway 61. It dates back to at least the 1940s (it appears in postcards from the time), and stood empty by the mid-1980s.

The marquee was removed sometime in the 1980s, and the streamlined entrance was walled up, but the building still stands, though there have recently been rumors of pending demolition.

Is there anyone out there who knows more about this remote theater?

Contributed by Pete Nekola

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neko870
neko870 on June 9, 2005 at 11:20 pm

According to a cinema daily yearbook from 1945, this theater had 400 seats.

neko870
neko870 on June 10, 2005 at 5:18 pm

Hi Bryan, sorry about that—I was just posting info from your message to me a few days ago—I must have mixed something up in transmission. 200 seat it is (or was). I do remember it being rather small.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 16, 2006 at 1:06 am

At the risk of incurring Lost Memory’s ocular wrath, here is a photo of the theater in 1958. The caption says Main Street, not Wisconsin, but I’m assuming this was a one theater town:
http://tinyurl.com/k8bl7

neko870
neko870 on July 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

The Shore Theater has been demolished. As of July, 2011, it is a pile of rubble between the Blue Water Cafe and Sivertson Gallery.

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