Fargo North Dakota 58102United States
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fargo Theatre lives on as a movie theater and concert venue.
This 870-seat, Art Deco-style movie palace nestled in downtown Fargo opened in 1926 and has never closed (except for remodeling in 1999). These days, it shows art films and is a venue for the occasional live music or comedy act. A second more intimate 99-seat theater opened in late 2009, expanding their lineup and making it even more of a hub for the arts. For more than a decade, movie junkies have gathered in March for the annual Fargo Film Fest. The weeklong event shows new films and offers workshops, discussion panels and celebrity guests. Year-round you can find a chainsaw carving of Margie--the pregnant, crime-solving sheriff from the Coen Brothers' film "Fargo"--on the theater's second floor. It's a permanent nod to the venue's quirky spirit and support of independent films. If you don't come for the movies, consider coming for the old-fashioned Wurlitzer pipe organ, which they play on weekends before the films start. Once a year, a silent film is shown with an organists improvising the music score to accompany it. Given what some theaters charge, ticket prices of $5.50 before 6 p.m. and $8.50 at night are a bargain.