Huron Theater

53 Third Street,
Huron, SD 57350

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Huron Theater

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The Huron Theater was operating prio to 1934. It was part of Minnesota Amusements in the late-1940’s, headquartered in Minneapolis. President was Harry French. The chain operated theaters in Minnesota, the two Dakotas and Wisconsin.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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mike
mike on June 27, 2011 at 5:19 am

I think Chuck 1231 is mistaken. The Huron Theatre, operated by Minnesota Amusement, which burned to the ground during a Saturday Kids' Matinee in the late 1950’s, was at 53 Third St. and not 228 Dakota S. The building is NOT still there, but the rubble was replaced w/ a new structure. I was the usher at the theatre during the fire.

brucewilliams
brucewilliams on April 17, 2016 at 10:29 am

Mike, you right. My grandfather, Karl (Dutch) Horton was the projectionist that afternoon. The theatre burned during the 1:00 p.m. showing. I was scheduled to go to the 3:00 p.m. showing. I believe the picture was about “Daniel Boone”.

mike
mike on April 17, 2016 at 10:55 am

Thanks for the confirmation of my information, Bruce. I remember Karl. Good man. I don’t remember the pic, but the fire and the kids I remember vividly. It started at the lower stage-left (east) corner of the proscenium curtain. Then kids began yelling “Fire”. I was in the balcony at the time and rushed to the bottom of the balcony stairs to direct the kids to the proper exit in order to avoid a “log jam” at the downstairs main exit. We got ‘em all out unscathed, but scared.-mike-

robboehm
robboehm on April 17, 2016 at 12:14 pm

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