Restoring the Iconic Star at a Minot Landmark

The “Ape-a-thon,” giant pickles and old memories.

An old Minot, ND landmark, the Oak Park Theater was resuscitated back to life just this month. From what I am told, this facility was first open for business in 1961. Sadly it was all but destroyed in the 2011 flood. The business owner, Al Schaan, set sail on a restoration mission about 8 months ago. Mission accomplished!

This place has been a mecca of entertainment for decades. It is doubtful that there is a single person who has lived in this city for any period of time who does not have memories of it. One that comes to mind for me was the “Ape-a-thon”: Five Planet of the Apes movies back-to-back for eleven straight hours of ape enjoyment. What more could a band of 13 year old hooligans want? Well a 30oz root beer and one of those giant pickles that could be made to last through a “moviethon” of almost any kind. That’s what! Those were the days!

The Nervous Sign

Indigo Signworks was given the opportunity to restore an iconic beacon that has stood watch over the theater from the beginning. It is a six point 3-D star with flashing neon that has been coined “The Nervous Sign.” Originally designed by a man named Bill Reynolds from Bacon Signs. It is now in pristine, like-new condition. It is bright, and it is fast. It is also all the rage on local Facebook banter. It has been all over local television and print news as well. Everybody that I have spoken to about it is happy that it has returned.

The project was in and out of our shop in short order. A shout out to Nick Tibbits,  who was able to map out and wire the flasher system to what we think was the original sequence. The crew installed it and had it running just hours before the grand re-opening of Oak Park Theater. I took a trip to the theater that night to see it in the dark, and found 3 people in the parking lot making videos of it with their phones. This thing is super-cool and a big win for the theater, for Indigo Signworks, and for the city as a whole.

  1. Fabrication Shop: The Nervous Sign
  2. Post Installation: The Nervous Sign


Written by Bob Smesrud
Production Manager
 Bob is our Production Manager out of or Minot, ND division at Indigo Signworks. He’s been working the sign industry for the past 35 years. 

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