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Audi Theatre (Opera House and Municipal Auditorium)

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Opera House and Municipal Auditorium
1915. 4th Ave at Main St.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Near the end of the period of optimism associated with the Second Great Dakota Boom (1898–1915), the aspiring young railroad town of Cando opened this Opera House and Municipal Auditorium. The building hosted the Nonpartisan League convention that same year. In addition to being a venue for live performances, silent films were accompanied by live piano until 1928 when the theater converted to talkies with installation of a sound system. The theater still shows first-run movies, and is operated by volunteers as a community nonprofit. Raised above the street on an imposing basement-level podium, the hipped-roof building is an unusual form of Romanesque Revival with triads of small square windows tucked below the cornice line.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Audi Theatre (Opera House and Municipal Auditorium)", [Cando, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 117-117.

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