Flame Theatre

125 S. Broadway,
Wells, MN 56097

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 507.553.5713

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Flame Theatre

The 1930 built State Theatre burned on January 20, 1959 1959, and the Flame Theatre replaced it, opening on October 29, 1960. Seating was given at 430.

The city of Wells took over operations of the theatre in 1990. The city has maintained the theatre well, adding a wide screen, comfortable seats and recently added Digital Sound. The theatre now seats 304. Prices are family friendly and concessions are very reasonable. A family of four can attend a movie for ten dollars, including concessions. For a small town of a little over 2,700 the theatre draws better than twenty thousand patrons a year.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm

The Mankato Free Press article about the Flame Theatre (link on the front page of the Wells web site) says that Sid Heath opened his theater in Wells in 1912 and operated it under various names until finally settling on State Theatre. Although the article says that the original theater burned down in 1960, the June 22, 1959, issue of Boxoffice mentioned the State Theatre having recently been destroyed in a fire. Most likely the Flame opened in 1960, though I can’t find the event mentioned in Boxoffice.

The Free Press article also says that Sid Heath held a contest to choose a name for the new theater he built to replace the burned State, and Flame Theatre was the winning entry. That’s quite a sense of humor they have in Minnesota.

TLSLOEWS on June 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Thats a great story Joe.Well it gets cold up there so a little fire is good I quess.

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