State Theater restoration effort nabs up to $200,000 in matching funding
Jay Kirschenmann • Argus Leader Media • February 9, 2010
The 84-year-old State Theater will receive up to $200,000 in matching funds from a Save America’s Treasures grant program, theater board members announced this morning.
The funding comes from a Department of Interior challenge grant, said Stacy Newcomb Weiland, president of the State Theater board of directors. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., was instrumental in helping secure the grant, she said.
It’s another milestone toward making the downtown Sioux Falls facility into a first-run movie theater.
Using the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce’s help raising $2.2 million, the theater board is planning for a $2.8 million development campaign to restore the theater with fully digital movie-showing technology and open 500 seats to the public by 2011.
The $2.2 million would account for 40 percent of the theater’s total restoration budget, Newcomb Weiland said. Combined with 20 percent funding from grants and other sources, another 40 percent is still needed to fully realize the State’s long-range goals.