Vogue Theatre

109 N. 3rd Street,
Beresford, SD 57004

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Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Empress Theatre

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1961 photo credit Kevin Kennedy.

The 450-seat Empress Theatre was opened by 1926. By 1936 the seating capacity had dropped to 300-seats. It had been renamed Vogue Theatre by 1941. It was still open in 1966. It was demolished by 2009 and the site is a vacant plot in 2024.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

From 1947 a photograph that captured a view of downtown Beresford along with the Vogue Theatre.

SethG on April 27, 2024 at 5:04 pm

Address is absolutely wrong. There’s almost nothing on Main St. This was at 109 or possibly 111 N 3rd. It’s now a vacant lot south of the newspaper office.

SethG on April 27, 2024 at 5:07 pm

Since this very poor listing only supplied a bad address, all I can add is that this theater was not there on the 1916 map. No later maps available online.

SethG on April 28, 2024 at 7:13 am

Was demolished long ago, it definitely was not there in 2009, or I’d have a picture.

SethG on April 28, 2024 at 7:18 am

Judging by the scar left on the building to the south, this was only one story with a false front. It may have been a remodel of a clothing store that’s on the 1917 (not 1916, my goof) map. We know the theater was still open in 1961, because of the photo supplied.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2024 at 8:10 pm

Here is evidence that the Empress operated at another location before moving to this address. It’s an item from the April 1, 1916 issue of Moving Picture World: “Beresford, S. D.-O. J. Dyvig of Harrisburg has purchased the Empress theater from Julius Johannsen.” As this address was still occupied by a clothing store in 1917, the Empress of 1916 must have been elsewhere.

I’ve been unable to discover when the house at 109 N. Third opened, but the February 7, 1966 issue of Boxoffice said that the Vogue would reopen in the latter part of the month when it’s owner, Alex Sorenson, returned from Arizona. If nothing interfered with Mr. Sorenson’s plans, the Vogue was still operating in 1966.

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