Rainbow Theater

115 S. Main Street,
Mahnomen, MN 56557

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Rainbow Theater

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robboehm
robboehm on August 30, 2015 at 9:54 am

Uploaded a postcard image showing the Rainbow. One source estimates the theater was operational from the 1930s until 1955.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 31, 2015 at 2:34 pm

The Rainbow Theatre’s building looks to date from the 1910s, perhaps earlier. This web page has a photo of the Rainbow displaying a poster for King Vidor’s first feature film, The Turn in the Road, which was released in 1919. The theater had its original arched sign at this time.

There are also three photos of downtown Mahnomen that include fairly close views of the theater. The most recent appears to be the once captioned “Downtown 1,” in which the 1955 Humphrey Bogart movie The Desperate Hour is featured on the Rainbow Theatre’s marquee.

I found a Mr. Charles Vondra mentioned as the owner of the Rainbow Theatre in 1929. Judge Charles Vondra, of Mahnomen, Minnesota, appeared in a group photo of exhibitors that was published in the June 23, 1951, issue of Boxoffice, so he must have run this theater for quite some time.

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