Time Theater

132 S. Phillips Avenue,
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Functions: Bar, Nightclub

Previous Names: Olympia Theater, Royal Theater

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Time Theater

One of Sioux Falls' early vaudeville and movie houses was the Olympia Theater. It opened in 1909 and originally had 250 seats to fill. Manager Otis Adams made sure all films were accompanied by a five-piece orchestra made up of his children. It was still the Olympic Theater in 1915. By 1926 it had been renamed Royal Theater. By 1941 it had been renamed Time Theater and was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary John Friedl. The Time Theater was still in operation in the early-1950’s.

Contributed by Eric Renshaw

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spectrum on December 22, 2008 at 6:14 am

According to the website (which has a few exteriot shots), the building is now Skelly’s pub. No indication if any of the interior architecture survives.

roger on March 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I recall seeing a newspaper photo of the Time theater after it was gutted by fire. I do not know if it was reopened after the fire but I think not. The current building housing Skelly’s Pub does not match the hight and architecture of the photo of the Olympia theater on the Greetings from Sioux Falls website. I have been in Skelly’s and none of the theater architecture survives. According to a longtime projectionist I knew, the theater was “a shootin' gallery”, a very long and narrow storefront turned movie palace.

rayman29 on December 12, 2016 at 10:43 am

On December 2nd, a nearby building collapsed killing a construction worker, and injuring a woman in her apartment. The sudden collapse damaged what was possibly the former Time Theater building, now PAve Bar and Nightclub, which remains closed due to the damage.



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