The West Theater is a unique entertainment hub serving the community with mainstream movies, classic films, concerts, and plays.

Ancient History: Christmas Day 1937: 


The West Theater first opened on Christmas Day in 1937, the brainstorm of J.B. Clinton and Clarence Kaake. As designed by architect Perry E. Crosier of Minneapolis, it is a streamlined modern variation of Art Deco. It originally seated 595 people. 

New Beginnings


The building remained shuttered until 1997, when it reopened as a quilt shop. It had two lives in the quilting business, as Creations Unlimited and Quilter’s Co-op. 
Dave Orman later purchased the building, operating as Raven and Associates Screen Printers from 2012 to 2014. After closing down that business, Orman offered Robert Boone, publisher of the Reader Weekly, an option for the sale of the building, declining other offers because he felt that Boone’s vision of re-creating a theater would be a greater benefit to the community. 
Boone bought the theater for $140,500 on Oct. 5, 2016, operating as Paladin Properties LLC, with the assistance of Park State Bank and the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund.   

During the renovation

Although the auditorium has been gutted, and the marquee is gone, the building is structurally solid and has a newer roof. The lobby is in virtually original condition.  The theater required a new marquee, a digital projection booth, HVAC, upgraded bathrooms and much more. 
Some changes from the original design were unavoidable. At one point, an owner leveled out the rear section of the sloped auditorium floor by pouring a concrete slab the width of the building, 16 feet by 40 feet and 20 inches thick. Rather than chip away the entire slab, crews have added a lounge and extra bathrooms in that space in the last few months. 

The Grand Opening

The West Theater finally opens on June 21st 2019


Anyone interested in holding events at a renovated West Theater, or with old photos of the building, or other inquiries are welcome to contact Bob Boone at info@westtheatercenterforthearts.com or at The Reader, 218-722-0173. 

Special Thanks To Our Volunteers Who Made The West Theater Possible!

Bill Andersen ** 
Curtis Bellows 
Tim Beaulier 
Mark Carlos ** 
Connie Ellerman 
Mark Eskola 
Carol George ** 
Whitney Horky 
James Jenson 
Bunter Knowles 
Tami LaPole ** 
Tim Lee** 
Ken Lindberg 
Mark Mahla 
Dennis Medjo ** 
Keith Monsaas 
Jim Myer ** 
Roberta Myer ** 
Catherine Nagler 
Rick Olson ** 
Mark Rubin 
Nancy Rubin 
Mary Scott 
Donna Scheer 
Cindy Seilor 
Jack Seilor 
Jim Stukel 
Mary Stukel 
Cindy Storlie 
Dean Talbott 
Jim Unden ** 
Mary Unden ** 
Beverly Van Alstine 
Thomas Walchuk 
Dan Williams ** 
Dennis Williams 
Katherine York ** 
Sue York