The Windom State Theater

Humble Beginnings

The Windom State Theater was not always the movie theater we know today. Built in 1914, it was first known as the Wonderland Theatre. It wasn't until 1937 that it became known as the State Theater. Likewise, the theater didn't originally show movies. Instead, it hosted Vaudeville performances.

Did You Know?

The Windom State Theater is the oldest theater in Minnesota to remain a theater since it was built.


From the 1880's to the 1920's Vaudeville was the most popular form of entertainment in America. Each Vaudeville performance consisted of a dozen or more unrelated acts. These acts were performed by singers, dancers, commedians, contortionists, gymnasts, jugglers, magicians, etc.

Click here to see some Vaudeville performances.