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Friday, May 1, 2015

Jacobson Opera House –

For 20 years, from 1903 to 1923, the ornate Jacobson Opera house was the cultural center of Minot. It was a brick building built by DA Dinnie, an early contractor in Minot,  at a cost of $30,000.00. The stage was 30 by 50 feet which was the largest in this part of the country in those days. It had a proscenium arch surrounded by lightbulbs that would flash on and off. This type of arch framed the stage like a picture frame. The curtain for the stage rolled up and when down had advertisements on it.  The opera house occupied two of the floors of the building. The orchestra on the second floor and the balcony on the third floor. It would seat 450 people. The opera house was the scene of many plays, concerts, political rallies, dances, lectures and concerts. The Opera House was destroyed by fire in 1923. It was rebuilt by and became the home of Union National Bank. The location is now the Taube Museum

 Jacobson Opera House
 Opera House fire - 1923
Union National Bank

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