Grand Theatre

414 Third Street,
International Falls, MN 56649

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The 780 seat Grand Theatre opened sometime in 1925. It was operated by Bauer Theatres thru 1950 and later by Home Theatres thru its closing in 1980. It was located across the street from the Border Theatre.

The building is still standing and houses a Fraternal Order. Any further information, additions or corrections on the Grand Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

This 1953 photo of Third Street shows the Border Theatre on the right and the Grand Theatre building a bit farther down the block on the opposite side of the street. The side wall of the Grand features a faded sign reading Orpheum Theatre.

In the satellite view this is a very small building. I don’t see how it ever held 780 seats.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

The Motion Picture Yearbook lists the seating from 1926 thru 1970 with 780 seats.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2014 at 5:24 pm

We have the wrong address for the Grand Theatre. An article in the April 28, 2009 issue of The Journal, the local newspaper, says that the former Grand Theatre is now Union Hall. Bob Walls Memorial Union Hall is at 509 Third Street, and the building is quite large enough to have accommodated 780 seats.

That means that the faded sign reading Orpheum Theatre on the side of the building at 414 Third Street is not an aka for the Grand, but a different theater altogether, not yet listed at Cinema Treasures. I haven’t found when the Orpheum opened or closed, but Silent Era says that it was operating in 1925, and had 144 seats (much more convincing than 780 for a building of this size.)

Chris1982
Chris1982 on July 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

The Orpheum was listed as open in 1920 but not listed at all after 1927. Seating was listed at 144.

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