Main Street Cinema

211 Main Street,
Williston, ND 58801

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Main Street Cinema

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This grand old lady is located on Main Street at Second Street East. It opened in 1920 and has since been converted into a four screen complex. The balcony was converted into two screens and the building next door that was once a shoe store has been converted into auditorium 4.

The two story exterior hasn’t changed much at all. The upper portion is in red brick with a white terra border along the roof line. The marquee has remained the same, with a flat U shape that has attraction panels on each end with the name “Grand” on the front. The old vertical sign is still in operation with the wording “Our Pictures Talk” still there under the word Grand.

In 2009, an additional two screens were added.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 10, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Another 1987 photo is here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 31, 2009 at 11:22 am

Here is an interior photo from the 1950s and this is a 1961 exterior photo.

DirectorPrime on August 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm


I had a very bad experience with this theater today. This may have been my fault as the movie I was going to was bound to flop. I went to watch G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra with my father. Thirty minutes tops into the film I couldn’t stand it any longer. I was ready to crawl out of my skin as the level of horribleness was off the charts. Rather than waste any more of my life I went to ask for my money back. And I quote, “Can I have my money back, this film is horrible.” The young girl behind the counter immediately got angry and said they don’t give money back unless the film breaks. I told her “Everywhere I have been does.” She got very intense and told me she was the owners daughter and there was nothing that she could or would do. I told her “You’re being rude. I’m not being rude to you now please stop.” I politely stood my ground firmly to the point of her almost yelling. Finally she scratched “Admit one” on the back of my stubs and signed her name, also giving me the owners number. (her parents) I pointed out that we had seen District 9 today with two other people from our work crew so I had already patronized her establishment. She didn’t care. Unfortunately for Williston there doesn’t seem to be an alternative theater. To all who visit here I would steer clear of the owners daughter at all cost and be sure not to engage in conflict with her as she is highly rude and unaware of customer service.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

I would have given a refund within the 20 minutes after that No way.And these theatres that refund movies after folks watch a whole are nuts.

TLSLOEWS on January 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

In my theatre days we hardly gave refunds or were even asked for them,the ticket price just bought you a seat, we could not know if you would like the film or not, if that was the case you could watch the whole movie and said you did not like it and get your money back,same as a concert or play or any other event.The persons picked to see the film.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm


Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Well, I never had a problems with refunds especially when playing films like “ON GOLDEN POND” which i did refund a few at Regency because the ladies came out complaining about the dirty lanuage.Ladies that old still saw the PG rating as Family friendly,In those days PG pictures such as “BILLY JACK” were loaded with Adult language and Quite a bit of nudity.But to give someone a full refund after watching the entire film is crazy.I had one lady one night at Columbia 1 and 2 want her money back after watching the whole movie.Needless to say,She didn’t get it a penny.Love working with the public everyone should be forced to do it.

ChiMike35 on January 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra? Why would you waste money on that anyway…You’re lucky she didn’t give you a boot in the behind…

JimmiB on April 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Here’s a link to some 2009 photos on Flickr. Looks like they covered the whole 2nd floor with metal panels. Personal opinion…it looks crappy.

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