Fergus Falls Center for the Arts

124 W. Lincoln Avenue,
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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Architects: W.P. Allred

Functions: Movies, Performing Arts

Previous Names: Orpheum Theatre, Fergus Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 218.736.5453
Manager: 218.736.5453

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Fergus Falls Center for the Arts

Opened on December 29, 1921 as the Orpheum Theatre, this 445-seat theatre was, for its first couple of decades of existence, a vaudeville house. In March 1950 it was converted into a movie theatre and renamed the Fergus Theatre. and remained in business for another twenty years.

By the early-1970’s, it closed and remained so until 1982, when it was remodeled for use as a performing arts center. It was in operation only during the warm weather months for its first decade, but in 1993, a $1 million renovation upgraded the Fergus Theatre’s facilities for use year-round.

Known today as A Center for the Arts, the theatre hosts not only concerts, dance and drama performances, but screens films as well and holds summer art classes for children.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on January 27, 2007 at 3:59 pm

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

It is likely that the Orpheum was the theater project noted in the “Bids Desired” section of Engineering News-Record on March 25, 1920:

“Minn., Fergus Falls — Theatre — Until April 15, by J. B. Clinton, mgr. Clinton Investment Co., Torrey Bldg., constructing 2 story. 50 x 142 ft, brick, rein.-con. flooring and foundation, on Lincoln Ave. About $60,000. W. P. Allred, Fergusson Bldg., Duluth, archt. and engr. Noted Jan. 15.”
W. P. Allred also designed the Doric Theatre in Duluth.

Trolleyguy on April 19, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Website: http://www.fergusarts.org/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 24, 2024 at 12:45 pm

The recent reopening of the former Orpheum Theatre at Fergus Falls as the Fergus Theatre was noted in the April 8, 1950 issue of Boxoffice.

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