The Orpheum Theater turns 100 years old this week and the centennial birthday makes it the oldest theater in Sioux Falls.
In 1913, the Orpheum Theater opened to a sell-out crowd after the Solari brothers spent $63,500 to build a state-of-the-art entertainment center on Phillips Avenue.
The Orpheum Theater's exterior has remained the same since it first opened its doors on October 2, 1913.
It quickly rose to one of the most premier entertainment facilities, hosting comedy troupes, singers, musicians and even silent movies.
Back then, it was hailed as the most attractive and complete theater west of New York.
Since 1913, the facility's gone through many hands, from housing second-run movies to becoming the Sioux Falls Community Playhouse in 1954. And while it looks the same on the outside, a series of renovations inside make the historic theater what it is today.
"The facility is in great shape. It's been updated and modernized and it is as busy as I could ever imagine being," Rick Hoffman said.
Hoffman spent time onstage as an actor and now oversees marketing of the Orpheum. He points out that during the most recent renovation, workers uncovered murals dating back to the very beginning.
In 1913, the Orpheum was build with the best acoustics available at the time. And a century later, it still maintains its excellent sound.
"There is something going on down here in the evenings and on the weekends so I think it is in good shape to go forward and be a big part of our downtown landscape," Hoffman said.
And 100 years after its first show, the Orpheum's future looks as bright as the stage lights.