Little Star Theatre – Milton, ND (part 3)

Historic

Initially, The Star Electric Theatre showed silent films using live piano, player piano, and a phonograph to provide music accompaniment until 1931 when it was remodeled, complete with a sound system that could play “talkies”. “Parlor, Bedroom & Bath” was the first sound movie shown at the theatre, which played movies until 1974. Updated projectors were installed in 1987 for Milton’s centennial celebration but haven’t been used since then.

Little Star Theatre – Milton, ND (part 2)

Historic

Throughout the years, as people gave their performances on stage, it became tradition that they would sign the back of the curtain. More recently that tradition changed to cast members signing a poster with the details of their performance.

Little Star Theatre – Milton, ND (part 1)

Historic

I got the chance to visit the Little Star Theatre recently, while they were preparing for their annual children’s play. According to the region’s history book A Century of Area History, “The Star Theatre” was built in its current location in 1916 after operating in a different building for the previous two years under the name “The Star Electric Theatre”.