Exterior of the Chief Theatre in Bemidji, 1975.

Exterior of the Chief Theatre

Exterior of the Chief Theatre in Bemidji, 1975. Used with the permission of the Beltrami County Historical Society.

Chief Theatre under construction

Chief Theatre under construction

The Chief Theatre in Bemidji under construction, ca. 1938.

Exterior of the Chief Theatre

Exterior of the Chief Theatre

Exterior of the Chief Theatre in Bemidji. Photograph by Keith Ewing, July 1, 2017. CC BY-NC 2.0.

Chief Theatre (Paul Bunyan Playhouse), Bemidji

The Chief Theatre, the primary movie theater in downtown Bemidji, opened in 1937 and operated until 1991. In 1992, it became the home of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse as well as the venue of Bemidji Communty Theatre.

Anton Gág's "Woods with Two Girls in Distance" ca. 1890

Anton Gág's "Woods with Two Girls in Distance"

Anton Gág's oil-on-board painting "Woods with Two Girls in Distance," ca. 1890.

Painting by Anton Gág (1904) displayed in the Minnesota State Capitol from 1932 to 2014.

Anton Gág's "Attack on New Ulm"

Painting by Anton Gág (1904) displayed in the Minnesota State Capitol from 1932 to 2014.

Paintings by Anton Gág, Christian Heller, and Schwendinger in the interior of the Cathedral of Holy Trinity in New Ulm

Paintings by Anton Gág, Christian Heller, and Alexander Schwendinger in the interior of the Cathedral of Holy Trinity in New Ulm

Carte-de-visite featuring paintings by Anton Gág, Christian Heller, and Alexander Schwendinger in the interior of the Cathedral of Holy Trinity in New Ulm, ca. 1903.

Self-portrait of Anton Gág painted by his daughter Wanda

Self-portrait of Anton Gág

Self-potrait of Anton Gág, ca. 1900.

Gág, Anton (1858–1908)

Anton Gág, the father of Wanda Gág, carved out a career as a painter of portraits, landscapes, and historical subjects. He also decorated homes, ran a photography studio, and designed murals for churches and other buildings. The Minnesota State Capitol displayed his most famous painting, “The Attack on New Ulm during the Sioux Outbreak, Aug. 19-23, 1862,” from 1923 to 2014.

Roméo and Juliet

Roméo and Juliet

James Valenti as Roméo and Ellie Dehn as Juliet in the Minnesota Opera's 2008 production of Roméo and Juliet, by Charles Gounod. Presented between January 26 and February 3, 2008. Photograph by Flickr user Florida Grand Opera, January 23, 2008. CC BY 2.0.

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