611 NP Avenue,
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Opened in 1896 as the Fargo Mercantile Company Building, this three-story structure was purchased in 1909 by a group of local businessmen who converted the building into the Orpheum Theatre, which sat about 1000.
It was a vaudeville house (with an occasional film being shown, like 1915’s "Birth of a Nation", which played to a packed house) until 1921 when it was sold to the McCarthy Brothers, who began showing movies on a regular basis. Four years later, the Minneapolis-based American Amusement Company took over the theater. By the early 30s, it was closed, and not long after, a shoe repair shop took over the lobby space.
The former Orpheum was used on and off for retail space until 1960, when it was razed to make way for a parking lot.
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