Maco Theatre

415 Chestnut Street,
Virginia, MN 55792

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Previously operated by: Finkelstein & Ruben, Paramount Pictures Inc., Publix

Architects: Serenus Colburn, Frederick (Franklin) Kees, Jack J. Liebenberg

Firms: Kees & Colburn, Liebenberg and Kaplan

Functions: Church

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Garrick Theatre

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Maco Theatre

The Garrick Theatre was opened in 1920 by the Finkelstein & Ruben chain. They were taken over by Publix in 1929. It was closed to be remodeled to the plans of architectural firm Liebenberg & Kaplan. It was still open in 1955.

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Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

lockertalk on June 23, 2008 at 12:41 pm

ken mc from jun 19, 2008 6:03pm post:

hey the photo of the doors are NOT from the MACO Theatre.

packer on June 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Oh ya, those are from the Servicemans club (old Sammy’s Restaurant) in the 200 block of Chestnut. I didn’t think those looked right

mntwister on June 25, 2008 at 1:59 am

Does anyone have any photos of the Granada Theater in Virginia, MN? I spent many weekends of my childhood there and cannot find a single photo of the place and I am having trouble remembering it. I remember well that they showed The Sound of Music every year for a weekend, one performance per night (until its tv showing). I usually went all three nights!

packer on June 25, 2008 at 5:41 pm

if you look at the 5th comment from the top on this page, there is a link to a picture of the Granada theatre with the State Theatre accross the street even. I too went to alot of movies at the Granada. It’s too bad it’s gone.

lockertalk on July 2, 2008 at 5:06 pm

i’m still waiting to hear from mntwister, who apparently was good friends of my family that owned the Maco, Granada and Von’s DriveIn Theatres. You can contact me at lockertalk
thank you

mntwister on July 2, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Lockertalk, I sent you an email about the 26th….I’ll send the email again.

mntwister on July 2, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Speaking of Von’s Drive-in….our home was on the hill in Eveleth and we could see the screen perfectly, and I remember when I was around 13-14 watching some of those American International R rated biker/sex movies with binoculars. Several times we snuck onto the property and watched from the bushes, but they had someone guarding the area pretty well and I think both times we were caught and thrown off the property.

culpurple on June 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Does anyone have a link to photos of the interior of the Maco when it was still in use as a theater? I understand the Native American motif was quite beautiful.

DavidZornig on November 8, 2015 at 12:32 am

2013 photo added courtesy of The Last Remaining Seats Facebook page.

SethG on July 8, 2019 at 11:40 am

I’m not sure if the church is still going. Building was for sale and locked up, but it was a Saturday while we were there, so they may continue as a tenant.

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