Downtown Sioux Falls is vibrant. Downtown Sioux Falls is growing, beautiful, full of action, and home to many successful local businesses that make this community unique. But there is one building that has a lot of catching up to do to compare to the rest of the area.

The State Theater on Phillips Avenue opened in 1926 as the grandest theater in the Sioux Falls region. This focal point of downtown showed movies for many years  but eventually closed in 1990 due to disinterest in downtown. It’s fascinating to watch trends in history as we now are going back to a more local and authentic vibe over the mall and big box retailers.

Notable Dates:

2001 – The Sioux Falls Film Society replaces the leaking roof.

2009 – The State Theatre is awarded the Chamber Appeals Campaign in 2011 for $1.25 million.

2013 – The State Theatre Chamber Appeals Campaign meets and surpasses its goal, raising $2.3 million.

2014 – The lobby, foyer, main level restrooms, basement renovations are all completed.

February 26, 2017 was the first year the Stars, Statues and The State event could be in the actual state theater instead of an offsite location. It’s one of my favorite events of the year as little Sioux Falls gets to experience a little bit of Hollywood by watching the Oscars on the big screen, dining on delicious food and seeing familiar faces dressed to the nines.

 

[The State Theater ready for all its guests. Photo courtesy of The State Theater.]

 

[Inside the State Theater getting ready for the Oscars party. Photo courtesy of The State Theater.]

 

My mother-in-law Marcie Halberstadt has everything to do with the event going off flawlessly so it is fun to see her hard work come to life. There are many talented people in Sioux Falls that come together to make this event successful, I wish I could name them all.  It sure is a glamorous evening that I encourage you to attend next year! This event raised over $300,000 this year which will go towards the auditorium, stage and balcony. If you are interested in donating to this project, click here.

 

[In the balcony area of the State Theater. Lots of work to be done, but still beautiful.]

 

[CH Patisserie and Chef Dominique’s provided the most beautiful and delicious food!]

 

[Halberstadt family on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of the State Theater]

 

This was my first time in the State Theater that I have heard so much about. What has been completed is absolutely stunning, and what still needs to be restored looks like hours and hours of work. But it will get done. And I can imagine its beauty already. So looking forward to having this last jewel completed for our community and generations to come. It really is sweet home Sioux Falls.