Enjoy a trip for all the family at this art deco movie theater in downtown Fargo. The historic cinema screens all the latest releases, as well as classic and indie movies. This beautifully restored theater is now a center for the arts and a non-profit organization in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. In fact, the building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior, making it worth a visit to see the distinctive architecture which stands out from the buildings around it.
History of the theater
Construction of the Fargo theater began on September 15, 1925. Located at 314 Broadway, formerly the site of a fruit store known as the Idlekope Building, the theater took six months to complete. Fargo Theatre was originally built as a vaudeville theater and cinema house, complete with a Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Through the years, film icons have graced their silver screen and many greats (including Babe Ruth, Janet Leigh and Tom Mix) have made guest appearances on the Fargo Theatre stage. The theater was restored to its former glory in the 1998 with a pretty classic art deco design that was completed in 1999. In the spring of 2009, the theater was further renovated, adding a second auditorium to increase the amount of films and events held there.
Events and entertainment
The cinema serves as an art house theatre featuring independent and foreign film. Booking a ticket to one of their movies, concerts and events is required to enter the building when the theater is open for business, and they do not encourage visitation outside of this time. With so much to enjoy, there's no good reason not to book a ticket, however! The cinema brings the best of independent and art films to the Red River Valley. They offer a Midnight Movie Series on weekends for those who love late-night entertainment. The theater also hosts silent movie nights for lovers of classic cinema.
On weekends and at special events, they even bring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ to life for performances by the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, In March, they host the annual Fargo Film Festival, which brings together film lovers and filmmakers from across the globe. Many live events such as concerts, album release parties and guest speaking events are also hosted at this buzzing cultural hub. While you're there, you can also tour the 870-seat theater and take your picture with "Wood Chip Marge," a larger-than-life statue commemorating the Academy Award winning film "Fargo."