Unique Theatre

S. Front Street,
Mankato, MN 56001

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Located in the Mankato Commercial College Block, the Unique Theatre was open from at least 1910. The building was destroyed in a fire in 1915.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The Unique was mentioned in the October 3, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“THE Unique theater at Mankato, Minn., has been reopened by the American Amusement Company and will again be operated in conjunction with the Grand theater. Manager Arthur Erickson of the Grand will have charge of both houses. Erickson has opened a show at Madison Lake, showing Sunday and Wednesday nights in the village hall. Percy Wirig is local manager.”
An issue of MPW later that year noted that Erickson had given up management of the Grand and Unique and had leased Mankato’s Pastime Theatre.

The Mankato Commercial College building that burned in 1915 was located in the 100 block of south Front Street, a location that will no longer map, the neighborhood having been altered by an urban renewal project. As near as I can figure the building was under the footprint of what is now the Holiday Inn that fronts on Main Street, or perhaps the footprint of the municipal parking ramp just north of it, or maybe across Front Street at or near the location of what is now the Loose Moose Saloon and Conference Center.

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