Fargo Theatre

643 E. Lincoln Highway,
DeKalb, IL 60115

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Previously operated by: Anderson Theater Company, Valos Theaters

Functions: Retail, Storage

Previous Names: New Fargo Theatre

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Photo courtesy of Shelley Howard, circa 1980.

The Fargo Theatre opened December 7, 1929. It was closed in 1952 and became a skating rink. This theatre’s lobby is now a retail store while the auditorium is used as a warehouse. It is a sister theater to the Fargo (later renamed Geneva) Theatre in Geneva, IL, and it was also built and owned by Judge Fargo.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Broan on July 29, 2005 at 10:14 pm

Also known as New Fargo. Part of the Polka Brothers circuit in the 1930s.

Darrel Wood
Darrel Wood on September 25, 2005 at 7:00 pm

At some point in the 1970s this was the Fargo Skating Rink…the rink was in the auditorium and the lobby was, well, the lobby. In the late 70s or early 80s, long after the rink closed, the lobby was home to a clothing store called The Fargo Theatre. When it was a roller rink, a friend of my brother lived in the apartment upstairs…I recall they owned a pipe organ (although I don’t believe it was from the Fargo—-I think they moved it there), and I think somewhere in the apartment was a window that originally opened into what was the auditorium.

Broan on September 22, 2007 at 9:20 pm

Opened Nov. 1929

kencmcintyre on January 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm

The marquee has been removed.

DavidZornig on May 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I just added 3 images to the Photos Section. They are courtesy of Chicago graphic artist Shelley Howard. Who in the early `80s was commissioned to design an art deco motif at the Fargo Theatre. For it’s brief run as a designer clothing outlet. This would be what Darrel Wood’s 2005 post refers to.

He designed and painted the marquee and the murals in the lobby interior.

Shelley also designed promotional posters for JAM Productions concerts in Chicago, that hung above the door of NEO nightclub & other clubs. Old school graphics via keyline & paste up, no computers.

DavidZornig on May 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I’ve just been informed the Fargo Theater fashion store conversion photos I posted in the Photos Section, are from October 1974.

rivest266 on August 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm

December 7th, 1929 grand opening ad in the photo section.

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