Theaters: Stage to Screen

Theaters: Stage to Screen


The Sherman Block was redesigned to become the New Theater

The Sherman Block was redesigned to become the New Theater.


As Sioux Falls grew in the 1870s and 1880s, so too did the demand for entertainment. Traveling acts performed in buildings that were intended for lectures and meetings. The need for a proper place to perform was apparent. In the mid-1880s and into the 1890s, dedicated theaters were built to host vaudeville shows, plays, and other performances.






With the rising popularity of motion pictures, theaters had to change with the times. Old and new theaters had projectors and screens to show the latest films from Hollywood.





Before multi-screen and multiplex theaters became the norm, most theaters in Sioux Falls had one screen. Managers had to think of creative ways to attract movie-goers to their theater.





K Cinema on opening day.

When families began moving to the suburbs, theaters followed them. K Cinema opened in 1968 and was Sioux Falls’ first indoor theater built out of downtown.






In 1927, The Jazz Singer became the first full-length movie with sound. Studios hired specialists to recreate noises during post-production and add these noises to films. Jack Foley created numerous methods that are still used by “Foley artists.” This exhibit features an interactive where visitors can become a Foley artist.



Sioux Falls’ rich history of theaters began in the 1870s. Since then, multiple theaters have provided entertainment to the people of Sioux Falls. Reminisce about your favorite theaters as you look at the timeline of the city’s theaters!



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