Main Street Cinemas 1 & 2

312 Main Street,
Williston, ND 58801

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The Snyder Theatre opened in 1949, and continued operating into the 1980’s or later.

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 31, 2009 at 8:52 am

Finally found it on Street View. Around the 346 block of Main St. Nice modern LED marquee too….

HERE

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

Almost next door is Maurice’s which is 302 Main St. Joan’s Hallmark is listed as 310 Main St. But they’re on opposite sides of the street. Which would make the Snyder 311 Main St. Which is also listed as the address as The Grand Theatre in Williston. But it’s not, it’s actually a block away.

Google lists the Grand as 311 or 312 or 211 Main St. 211 is more accurate, but Snyder and Grand are on opposite side of the street so 211 Main and 311 Main don’t work. Maybe it does since the US Bank on 202 Main St. is on the same side of the street as Snyder. Joseph’s Ready to Wear is 205 Main St, right next to the Grand.

Confused yet? I am hopping on the motrorcycle and get out of here…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

John C. and Jack W. Snyder were operators of the Snyder Theatre in Williston, according to the April 23, 1952, issue of Motion Picture Daily. John C. Snyder had been the operator the Grand Theatre at least as early as 1926, in which year he also took over the Orpheum Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

This photo of the Snyder Theatre with “Watch For Our Grand Opening Coming Soon” on its marquee is dated November 11, 1949. It surely must have opened before the end of that year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 24, 2014 at 8:26 am

I believe I’ve also solved the puzzle of the dueling addresses for the Grand Theatre. 312 Main Street is the correct address of the Snyder Theatre (it’s across the street from Joan’s Hallmark at 311 Main) but 312 is also the address of T & J Agnes Theatres Inc., owners of the Grand Theatre. The Agneses obviously must own both the Snyder and the Grand, and their offices are in the Snyder building.

There are multiple references on the Internet to the Main Street Cinema 1 & 2 at 312 Main Street, and most Internet listings for the Grand Theatre give its address as 211 Main Street. A few listings have the Grand at 312 (Fandango and Moviefone, for example) but I’ve found only one web site listing the Main Street Cinema at 211 Main, and it’s Cinema Treasures.

Apparently both theaters have been operating within recent years, the Grand under its original name and the Snyder as the Main Street Cinema 1 & 2. Movie web sites currently have listings only for the Grand, so we can list this theater as Main Street Cinema 1 & 2, 312 Main Street, Closed, with the aka Snyder Theatre.

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