Nicholas Theatre

201 Downtown Plaza,
Fairmont, MN 56031

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Nicholas Theatre

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The Nicholas Theatre opened in 1935 and was operated by Minnesota Amusement Co. Seating was listed at 475. The theatre was originally located on N. North Avenue, but the street name was later changed to Downtown Plaza.

The theatre closed in 1956 and now houses the Farm Bureau Financial Services and Insurance.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

According to its official website, this theater is open again under its original name, the Fairmont Opera House. It was originally opened in 1902, and a few years later was renamed the Haynic Theatre when it was leased by partners William Hay and Willie Lincoln Nicolas, who operated it primarily as a movie house.

Hay withdrew from the partnership in the late 1920s, and the house was renamed the Nicolas Theatre. In 1929 it was extensively remodeled. The facade retained its original Renaissance-inspired style, though somewhat simplified, while the interior was given a more modern look in keeping with the popular Art Deco style.

The Nicolas Theatre closed as a cinema in 1980. It was purchased by a community-based organization which reopened the theater in 1981 with live performances. The theater was gradually restored, with much of the labor provided by volunteers. The restoration is now complete. The Fairmont Opera House presents live events, including plays and music, and is also used for community events and is available for private gatherings.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

The official web site gives the address of the Fairmont Opera House as 45 Downtown Plaza. Here is the home page of the web site. It has the telephone number at the bottom.

I’m not sure what is at 201 Downtown Plaza. Neither Google Maps nor Bing Maps has views of that location, though both have good views of the actual location of the Opera House. The Opera House is at the southeast corner of Downtown Plaza and Blue Earth Avenue (County Highway 26 at Google Maps.)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

Here is a PDF file with a brief biography of W. L. Nicholas.

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