Grand Theatre

216 3rd Street NW,
Bemidji, MN 56601

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Previous Names: Brinkman Theatre

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Grand Theater...Bemidji Minnesota

The Brinkman Theatre was opened prior to 1911. In 1915 it was renamed Grand Theatre. The Grand Theatre operated until at least 1922.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 28, 2012 at 5:13 am

There were at least two theaters called the Grand in Bemidji. There was a Grand Theatre advertised in the local newspaper as early as 1911, along with a Brinkman Theatre and a Majestic Theatre.

The second Grand opened sometime in September or October 1915, in the building that had been occupied by the Brinkman Theatre. This page has a large ad for the Grand Theatre from the December 9, 1915, issue of The Bemidji Daily Pioneer. This page has a photo of the building as the Brinkman Theatre, from the same publication’s issue of March 27, 1909. As near as I’ve been able to discover, the Brinkman Theatre opened about 1907, and was expanded in 1909.

The August 21, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World said that J. H. French had sold the Grand Theatre building in Bemidji to A. T. Carlson. This item might have referred to the first Grand Theatre, which presumably closed when the new Grand opened.

In the address field, Third Street needs to be followed by NW. There are two different Third Streets in Bemidji, and Google Maps is sticking its pin icon on the wrong one.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2012 at 4:25 am

The Grand Theater on Third Street was definitely the second house of that name, and thus was the house that had originally been called the Brinkman Theatre. An item in the December 16, 1911, issue of the Bemidji Daily Pioneer gives the address of the first Grand, which was opening that night, as 317 Beltrami Avenue.

Before becoming the second Grand Theater in 1915, this house on Third Street was referred to in various newspaper items as the Brinkman Theater, the Family Theatre, and the Brinkman Family Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2012 at 4:35 am

Also, the second Grand was in operation at least as late as the end of 1922, when the December 30 issue of the Daily Pioneer announced that the movie version of the popular play The Hottentot would be shown at the Grand the following day.

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