Valley Theatre

352 Dakota Avenue,
Wahpeton, ND 58075

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According to the 1945 Film Daily Yearbook, the Valley Theatre, which was located on Dakota Avenue, was in operation and could seat 550.

Wahpeton’s other movie theater in 1945 was the Gilles Theatre, which sat 600 (no further information on that theater).

Contributed by Bryan

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm

It looks like this theater was also known as The Cinema in the 1980s.

1985 Photo

1987 Photo

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2009 at 7:11 am

The Valley Theatre is mentioned in Boxoffice magazine as early as 1943. However, the last mention of it is in the March 10, 1956, issue, in an item that says the Valley had been closed and the building would be sold to the Wahpeton National Bank which intended to use it as a banking house. However, as the Cinema in the 1980s photo is at the Valley’s address, perhaps either the deal fell through or the place became a bank for a while and was later reconverted into a theater.

A Valley Drive-In opened in Wahpeton in 1957.

There is a goatload of stuff about the Gilles Theatre in various issues of Boxoffice, but the hardtop Valley Theatre is seldom mentioned and I can’t find anything at all about the Cinema.

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