Sioux Falls State Theatre

318 S. Phillips Avenue,
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

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State Theatre

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. It is hoped renovations will continue and the theatre will be re-opened either late-2017 or in 2018.

Contributed by Eric Ellis

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Lefty57106 on May 9, 2007 at 4:43 pm

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 for updates.

CSWalczak on November 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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.

Trolleyguy on October 23, 2014 at 8:45 am

Marquee was shown on an episode of the “Forensic Files” reality TV show.

rivest266 on December 11, 2016 at 4:20 am

March 1st, 1926 grand opening ad in the photo section.


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DavidZornig on December 9, 2018 at 7:27 pm

1968 photo added via Adam Mehlhaffā€ˇ.

DavidZornig on December 20, 2019 at 4:05 pm

Below article about continuing renovations is from June 2019. The official Facebook page for the State Theatre is below as well.

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