Sioux Falls State Theatre
318 S. Phillips Avenue,
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Sioux Falls State Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Finkelstein & Ruben, Paramount Pictures Inc., Publix
Firms: Buechner & Orth
Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: State Theatre
News About This Theater
- May 10, 2014 — Next steps for the State
- Nov 25, 2012 — State Theatre, closed for over a decade, gets major makeover; set to reopen as a cinema in 2013
- Feb 18, 2010 — Efforts to restore Sioux Falls' State Theater boosted by $200,000 grant
- Sep 22, 2009 — Orpheum and State Theatres in Sioux Falls being renovated
- Apr 24, 2007 — Movies may return to State Theater
The State Theatre was opened March 2, 1926 with Wallace Beery in “Behind the Front”. It was operated by the Finkelstein & Ruben chain. It was equipped with a Wultizer organ. F&R were taken over by Publix in 1929 and they were merged with Paramount Pictures Inc. by 1933 through their subsidiary John Friedl.
On October 8, 2016 the Cinema Falls organisation held the first film event in the theatre in over 30 years, with all revenue donated to the theatre for the event. Silent movies were shown, with music by the Alloy Orchestra. Renovations continued and the State Theatre reopened on November 27, 2020. On December 11, 2020 the first movie to be shown since the reopening was Bing Crosby in “White Chtistmas”.
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The State Theater received a facade easement and is now nearly as beautiful as it was when first built in 1926. The Marquee, though not original to the theater has be revamped and is beautiful. Currently we are waiting to find out if the Sioux Falls State Theater group will be granted the opportunity by the owners to turn this gem back into a first-run movie house. Go to www.siouxfallsstatetheater.com for updates.
Lots of photos here:
The State, now renamed the Sylvia R. Henkin State Theatre, will be reopening in in 2013, primarily as a movie theater. This article about the renovations and reopening identifies the theater’s architects as Buechner and Orth.
Marquee was shown on an episode of the “Forensic Files” reality TV show.
March 1st, 1926 grand opening ad in the photo section.
Found on Newspapers.com
Found on Newspapers.com
1968 photo added via Adam Mehlhaff.
Below article about continuing renovations is from June 2019. The official Facebook page for the State Theatre is below as well.