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Odeon Theater

Location: Main Street, Belview, Redwood County
Built: 1901
Architect: A. Pottratz
Listed on NRHP: August 30, 1974

Almost every community in Minnesota could at one time boast a small theater. The Odeon Theater in Belview is one of the best-preserved examples of this early 20th-century building type – the wood-frame performing arts hall. It also represents the community's desire to bring culture to the region. The theater was built for $3,500 after Belview lobbied the Minnesota Legislature to exceed the legal limit of bond sales for its construction.

The simplified Queen Anne building has a barrel-vault ceiling and pressed-tin interior. Its multifunctional performance hall has been used for touring vaudeville troupes, local talent shows, motion pictures, band concerts and even basketball games. Still in use today, the Odeon Theater features a stage curtain with early 20th-century advertising.




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