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Originally opened in the 1900’s as the Swetland Opera House. It was renamed Carlson Theatre around 1933. Seated 300 according to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1940. For Mayville’s listing in the Film Daily Yearbook of 1951, only theatre listed is the May Theatre on Main Street with a seating capacity of 395 so there’s a small chance the May Theatre is the Carlson Theatre with a simple name change however we all know that almost every theatre of yesteryear decreased their seating at some point(s) over the years but I’ve personally never heard of a theatre expanding its capacity while remaining a single screen in the same building.
There’s also an even smaller chance that it was an error on the Film Daily Yearbook’s end, as any of us who have studied them long enough have all seen a couple whoppers. If anyone can verify that these were two separate theatres, a separate listing should be created for it. If not, the May Theatre should be added as a previous name. I just don’t like putting any info in CT I have not positivey verified.
I have in my possession (and will add photos of once this listing goes up) theatre calendars from 1938 meaning it went back at least that far.
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