Downtown SF State Theatre: “We Can See The Finish Line”

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For years people have been wondering when, or even if, a downtown Sioux Falls historic landmark will reopen. 

Officials behind the State Theatre say they now can finally see the finish line. On Thursday they revealed the restored organ chamber. It now looks like it did in the 1920s.

“This will give you a flavor of what a restored State Theatre would look like,” State Theatre Company President John Swedeen said.

Swedeen is not just excited about this restoration, but says the nonprofit is entering the final phase of fundraising.

“If we had the dough right now, we could have this place open in 11 months,” Swedeen said.

This final phase of fundraising will revolve around naming rights and sponsorship sales. Swedeen hopes to have that wrapped up within a year.

“The community that we have is such a philanthropic, amazing community, whether it’s the United Way, the State Theatre or a PREMIER Center,” Great Plains Sponsorships President Ryan Querry said.

The nonprofit has raised more than $3 million, but it needs $5.5 million more.  While that may seem like a lot of money, Swedeen says that over the years it will definitely pay off.

“We’ve done studies that show a significant economic boom to downtown Sioux Falls when you have a daily use historic theatre,” Swedeen said.

A historic theatre that has sat empty for more than 20 years.

You can check out the renovations for yourself Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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