Selby Theater

989 Selby Avenue,
St. Paul, MN 55104

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Some cinema sites list the Oxford as demolished, but this is absolutely not the case — although it has been a very long time since it was an operating movie theater.

The Oxford was built in 1912. Renamed the Selby Theater sometime later, it operated until about 1955. By the 1980’s it had been converted into a church. It was sold again in 1996; and by the turn of the century it had been converted into a recording studio, which it is to this day.

The studio ("Natural Sound Studio") occasionally hosts in-house performances and other events.

Contributed by David L. Anderson

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 28, 2007 at 5:33 pm

A Barton theater organ size 3/8 was installed in the Oxford Theater in 1921. Note: Divided Manual.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 1, 2008 at 7:41 pm

According to Wikipedia, Ted Mann rented the Selby Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota for $100 a month and began to build his own company. He ran the theater almost completely by himself, expanding to 25 venues within a few years.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

This was listed as the Selby Theatre in a 1915 guide book, The City of St.Paul and Vicinity (Google Books scan.) It must have returned to the name Oxford later, or else the Oxford Theatre that had the organ installed in 1921 was a different house.

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