As part of Sioux Falls Design Week there were tours of the State Theatre. I took part in one of the 30 minute tours and got to see the progress that has been made in the restoration.

The last time I was in the State Theatre it was as part of the Zombiewalk a few years ago. I actually got to perform on the stage to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

It was pretty awesome.

On the tour I learned many things about the theatre's history, but I also learned the meaning behind the word blockbuster. Back in the day, the ticket booths faced the sidewalk, like the State Theatre, so when a movie was really good and drew a crowd the line would go around the block. Hence blockbuster!

Now you know.

The capacity of the theatre keeps changing with each renovation. Partly due to adding concessions and bathrooms and parts of the lobby, but also because people are getting bigger.

One eager tour taker asked when they plan to be open and the lady in charge said they just aren't telling. They have had a few setbacks and in the past when trying to set a date it always ended up coming and going. They decided it's better to keep it a mystery. I don't blame them.

The State Theatre is available for some events, however. For example, Silent Film Night will be held this weekend showing The General accompanied by a three pieces orchestra.

There has definitely been some progress made, however, admittedly, there is still a ways to go.


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