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Memorable Manitobans: Rudolph Besler (1891-1974)

Theatre owner.

Formerly of Melville, Saskatchewan, in 1933 he purchased the Park Theatre on Osborne Street in Winnipeg, investing significant money to expand and convert it for talking pictures. Along with wife Mary Schultz (?-1991) and her sister Molly, he ran the theatre as well as the Deluxe Theatre, later renamed the Hyland Theatre, on Main Street in the 1940s and the Garry Theatre on Pembina Highway in the early 1950s. The Beslers, long-time residents of 345 Baltimore Road, retired in 1965 and sold the Park to the Odeon-Morton cinema chain. He died at his Winnipeg home on 24 August 1974 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

A History of the Park Theatre - West End Dumplings.

Fort Rouge Through The Years - A Souvenir Booklet, 1974.

This page was prepared by Christian Cassidy.

Page revised: 2 June 2014

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