Bismarck Theatre

202 N. 3rd Street,
Bismarck, ND 58501

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The Bismark Theatre was located on N. Third Street at Thayer Street. Seating was listed at 782. The theatre was operated by Bismarck Theatres, Wellworoth Theatres and finally Mid-Continent Theatres. The theatre was opened in the early-1920’s from what I found.

The Bismarck Theatre closed in 1969 and has since been demolished. There is a parking lot for the US Bank where the theatre once stood. Any further information on the Bismarck Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 23, 2010 at 9:54 am

“H. O. Mugridge’s Bismarck, Bismarck, N. D.” was on a list of new theaters scheduled to open in the next thirty days, published in Boxoffice of December 11, 1937.

The 1937 project must have been a renovation or rebuild, as Boxoffice of September 28, 1970, ran an item saying that the Bismarck Theatre had recently closed after 52 years of operation, and that it had been built in 1918 for $50,000. The September 14 issue of Boxoffice had said that the theater was to be demolished.

The last operator of the Bismarck was the R&D Amusement Company. R&D was a partnership of Mid-Continent Theatres and the Dubinsky circuit. The partnership opened the new Plaza Twin, later to be the Plaza 3, in Bismarck’s Kirkwood Mall on October 30, 1970.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

A remodeling of the Bismarck Theatre is listed as a 1929 project in the finding aid to the Liebenberg & Kaplan papers at the University of Minnesota. I’ve been unable to discover who designed the 1937 remodeling.

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