Piller Theatre

256 Central Avenue,
Valley City, ND 58072

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Opened in 1925 on Central Avenue, the 1,000-seat (later reduced to 500) Piller Theatre was named for its builder and original operator, John Piller (who also owned Valley City’s smaller Rex Theatre). The Piller Theatre closed in the early-1960’s, and was converted to retail use. Today the building houses a photography studio and gallery.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Although none of the addresses the magazine gives make sense (all in residential districts,) the theater in this item from the May 30, 1925, issue of Exhibitors Trade Review is probably the Piller Theatre:

“Archt. — J. E. Nason, Corn Exchange, Minneapolis, Minn., building Theatre (M.P.), 2 sty., at 5th Ave. & 4th St., Valley City, N. D. Owner— John Piller, Grand Theatre, 511 5th Ave., Valley City. N. D. Gen. Contr. let to E. A. Moline, Jamestown, Md.”
The contractor was undoubtedly from Jamestown, ND, not Maryland. Architect Joseph E. Nason also designed the earlier Nokomis Theatre in Minneapolis.

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