Doric Theatre

5715 Grand Avenue,
Duluth, MN 55807

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Architects: W.P. Allred

Functions: Office Space

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Doric Theatre

The Doric Theatre opened in 1920. Seating was listed at 800. The theatre was part of the Clinton Theatre chain.

The theatre closed October 18, 1958 with Jerry Lewis in Rock-a-Bye Baby". It remained unused until 1974 when it was converted to office space and houses an Insurance Agency and other offices.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2011 at 2:51 am

Here is a ca.1931 photo of the Doric Theatre. Here is a 1925 photo, without all that snow. The caption says that it was remodeled in 1941 and was closed on October 10, 1958.

The caption also says that the house might once have been called the West Duluth Theatre; but if it ever had that name, it had to have been before 1921. The Doric was mentioned by name in the January 29, 1921, issue of Domestic Engineering, which said that the Northern Plumbing Company had been given a $20,000 contract to install the plumbing and heating equipment in the Doric Theater at Duluth.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

The Minnesota Digital Library dates this photo of the Doric Theatre 1919. They might be a bit early, as the Doric was probably the project that the October 18, 1919, issue of The American Contractor said was ready for bids:

“Theater (M. P.): $30,000. 2 sty. 75x 125. Grand av. & 58th st. Archt. W. P. Allred, Fergusson bldg. Owner Cont. Invest. Co, 1st Natl. Bank bldg. Brk. Drawing plans. Archt. ready for bids.”
In the photo, the theater looks like it’s already in operation, and it seems unlikely that the building would have been completed before the end of 1919 if it was only going out for bids on October 18. W. P. Allred was probably also the architect of the Orpheum Theatre in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, which is now the Fergus Falls Center for the Arts.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

The Minnesota Digital Library also has a 1913 photo of a theater called the Alhambra. The caption says that it was also at 5715 Grand Avenue. If that address is correct, the Doric Theatre must have been either a replacement for, or an expansion of, the Alhambra.

The Alhambra Theatre opened on September 15, 1913, with seating for 500, according to the February 21, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Although two photos from the Minnesota Digital Library give the Alhambra Theatre the same address as the Doric, a third photo gives what is apparently the correct address. The Alhambra Theatre was at 321 N. Central Avenue. The Doric was apparently the only theater ever located at 5715 Grand Avenue.

CJ1949 on July 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm

The Doric closed October 18, 1958. The last film was “Rock A Bye Baby” (source: newspaper ads and article about closing). It was vacant until 1974, when it was converted to office-business space (source: building permits). Opened Thanksgiving Day 1920 (source: Duluth Budgeteer, 10-16-58), which is corroborated by city inspectors permit dated Nov. 24 1920 giving the theatre the OK to operate beginning the next day, Nov. 25. The MN Digital Library also has 1960-61 photos of the theatre front which are passable but not great. Go to the links mentioned in the other comments and then search for more.

DavidZornig on March 19, 2018 at 11:12 am

1941 photo added credit Maloree Mattson.

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