Flame Theatre

125 S. Broadway,
Wells, MN 56097

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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.

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.