Beaux Arts Theatre

393 Selby Avenue,
St. Paul, MN 55102

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2014 at 9:28 pm

So it was definitely at 393 Selby by 1926, and probably before 1917 when it was renamed the Rialto.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Given a choice between a directory published by the local newspaper and the listings in the FDY I’d usually go with the local directory, but in this case, as we have only the 1915 directory available, it remains possible that the Elk Theatre opened in a storefront at 392 Selby and then moved to a new location across the street after that directory was published.

As the Beaux Arts operated into the 1950s it’s also possible that there is still somebody around who remembers it, and will eventually find this page and confirm the theater’s location.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

The Motion Picture Yearbook lists the address at 393 Selby Avenue.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

The St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press Almanac and Yearbook for 1915 (Google Books scan) lists the Elk Theatre at 392 Selby Avenue. I don’t know if that means the theater moved across the street at some point, the street was renumbered, or the Almanac made a mistake. The even-numbered side of the block has a building built in 1887 and a modern building, and I don’t know which would have the address 392.