Interview with the Sioux Falls State Theatre

The historic State Theatre in downtown Sioux Falls has been closed for nearly three decades. Thanks to some very generous donations, the theater is in it’s final stretch before opening in the Fall. The historic landmark of downtown Sioux Falls, SD has been on hiatus since 1990, nearly 70 years after it initially opened it’s doors.

Executive Director Allison Weiland and General Manager Steven Dahlmeier oversee the day-to-day operations of the theater. They were gracious enough to take a couple of hours out of their busy schedule to sit down with us for an interview and a tour of the theater. Currently The State is on track to make a full reopening this Fall, with much of the main floor finished. They are still currently looking for funding for the upper levels of the theatre.

In the interview we discuss the history of the theater, including the current construction that is taking place. Also, we ask them what patrons can expect from The State when they do open. This includes, what types of movies the theater will be showing, seating, and even some of Steven and Allison’s favorite movies. For more information on the Sioux Falls State Theatre please visit


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About the Author
Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.
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