The Lund Theatre located within the business section of Viborg, South Dakota.
We have has been showing movies here for over 99 years.
The name and location of the movie theater in Viborg may have changed over
the years, Wild West Theater, Dream Theater, Glud Theater, Lund Theater,
but it has always been a place of entertainment in the lives of many generations
of Viborg area young and old. There may have been previous attempts at
showing some type of moving picture show within various Viborg organizations
to their own membership, but the very first mention found so far of an
advertised public presentation of a motion picture in our fair city occurred
on Saturday evening, August 19, 1911, with the showing by a traveling motion
picture company operated by a Mr. McKinzie of a documentary type silent
film entitled “The Slums of New York” presented in the meeting hall of
the Danish Brotherhood Society that was located where the Wells Fargo Bank
building now stands. The next advertised moving picture show was presented
several months later on Saturday evening, December 9, 1911, in the hall
of the Modern Woodmen of America, (MWA) but it is not clear if that was
by another traveling company with an early example of a portable screen
and projector of if it was presented to the public by the lodge members.
The lodge building of the Modern Woodmen of America was located where the
Daneville Heritage Museum now stands on the west side of the first block
of North State Street.