Quarry Twin Theatre

204 E. Main Street,
Pipestone, MN 56164

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Originally the Quarry Theatre was a single screen which opened in May 1979, and it was later twinned. It is located just a block from where the larger Orpheum Theatre once stood. The theatre showed first run attractions to a town of 4,000 plus citizens. It was closed in July 2012.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

A January 22, 1962, item in the Pipestone Star mentioned an Alo Theater building on East Main Street. I don’t know if this was an AKA for the Quarry or the Orpheum or was another theater altogether. There was also an Alo Theatre in Albany, Minnesota. Given the unusual name, perhaps they were under the same ownership.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 5, 2014 at 8:04 am

In Google Street View, the marquee of the Quarry Twin Theatre says “Closed” and “For Sale.” The web site lists no upcoming events. The last movies on their calendar were shown in August, 2012, and they were listed as free events. The last regular movie was shown on July 11, 2012, so this theater has been closed for a long time.

Pipestone Star Online said on September 5, 2012, that the Quarry Twin would be closed for two months, but the projected reopening has never taken place. My guess would be that the cost of converting to digital projection would have been beyond the means of the operator in any case, so the house probably would have closed by now even had it reopened last year.

Here is the real estate listing. The building is currently for sale at $39,900, and includes an apartment on the second floor. But it would probably cost at least four of five times that to install digital projection on two screens, so it’s not the bargain it appears to be.

The real estate listing says that the building was erected in 1914, but I don’t know if the theater is that old or not.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 5, 2014 at 8:36 am

The Thursday, May 17, 1979, issue of the Pipestone County Star reported that the Quarry Twin Theatre would open on Wednesday. I’d presume that would have been the following Wednesday, May 23. The new house seated “…about 225 persons in each auditorium.”

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