SIOUX FALLS – The silver screen is returning to Downtown Sioux Falls, thanks in part to a $3.5 million donation from First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard owner and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. Mr. Sanford made the announcement Wednesday morning with Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken who also pledged $1.5 million from the City’s third penny sales tax.
Contributions from Mr. Sanford will help restore the theatre’s main auditorium. The restoration will include high-end projection and sound equipment, and recliners for the audience. The City’s contribution is earmarked for structural and exterior work on the historic downtown building. The theatre is slated to reopen in the spring of 2020.
“The timing for this renovation is perfect,” Sanford said. “During the past several years, Downtown Sioux Falls has gone through a major rebirth. When the lights return to the State Theatre, this crown jewel will once again shine throughout our entire community.”
The State Theatre was originally opened in 1926. State Theatre Company President John Swedeen said the donations were critical steps forward in the theatre’s journey.
“Denny Sanford understand the huge economic and quality of life impact that a restored and operating State Theatre will have in Sioux Falls,” Swedeen said. “He’s laying the foundation for reopening a facility that will significantly enhance the downtown experience for generations to come.”