Zap Theater

200 Main Street,
Zap, ND 58580

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The Zap Theater was opened around 1940 and operated until at least 1950.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm

The Zap Theatre is mentioned in Boxoffice as early as 1943. The Zap was still operating in 1955. The September 3 issue of Boxoffice said “The Zap Theatre here, located in the Zap Community Hall, is now being operated by Norman Beck, though a contract with the village board.” The contract called for movies to be shown at least two nights a week and for dances to be held.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on September 16, 2009 at 7:41 pm

According to this issue of Box Office from August 13, 1955, the Zap Theater was located in the Zap Community Hall. It apparently was under a new operator, Norman Beck, thus the small blurb. He had a one year contract to show movies two nights a week. The lease on the building had a provision to continue if both parties were satisfied. I’m guessing one of them was not.

Looking at Google Maps, the structure at 200 Main Street, the address the Zap Community Hall, looks like it could be it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 16, 2009 at 8:14 pm

You’re talking about the building with the flag on it that says Zap on the front?

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on September 16, 2009 at 8:57 pm

That’s the one, ken mc, yes. And that was supposed to say, “the address GIVEN FOR the Zap Theater…”.

Joe, I think we were working on our posts at the same time. If I’d seen yours, I would not have posted mine. Sorry!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Zap?Did they every play any Batman movies?

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