Deadwood Theatre

705 Main Street,
Deadwood, SD 57732

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Previously operated by: Black Hills Amusement Co.

Previous Names: Deadwood Opera House

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1939 Days Of `76 Parade.

Located next to the old Deadwood City Hall (1889) on Main Street, the Deadwood Theatre opened in 1885 as the Opera House. After it burned down, it was rebuilt in 1906 as the Deadwood Theatre. Originally serving as a legitimate theater, the Deadwood Theatre later became a movie house.

Another fire in 1952 destroyed both the Deadwood Theatre and the next door City Hall.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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dallasmovietheaters on September 14, 2015 at 3:36 am

“Days of ‘76” an entry in Warners’ “Sports Parade” series of shorts detailing an annual event in Deadwood —-one-time home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, —– where locals revive the past — had its world premiere here. The town celebrated accordingly.

DavidZornig on August 27, 2017 at 5:57 pm

1939 Days Of `76 parade photo added courtesy of Steve Norquist. Deadwood Theatre marquee in the upper L/H/ corner.

davidcoppock on August 28, 2017 at 2:35 am

The theatre may have been seen in the film Calamity Jane(Doris Day)?

davidcoppock on August 28, 2017 at 2:37 am

Is there anything there now on that site?

DavidZornig on August 28, 2017 at 5:17 am

Because there were several other theatres on Main Street in Deadwood, without a specific address for this one, there is no way to search the street view for what is there now. I added the Flame Theatre also on Main a while back, and there is a clothing boutique in that space now.

DavidZornig on August 6, 2020 at 7:51 pm

Address was 705 Main Street. Confirmed by neighboring Silverado Gaming Buildings. One of which is the former Chevrolet dealership/Franklin Garage that was next door to the Deadwood Theatre. An apartment complex that faces Shine Street is now on the former theatre site. There is a plaque on the Main Street elevation of that building, with photos of the Deadwood Theatre and City Hall that burned down.

MichaelKilgore on October 9, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Feb. 9, 1952: “Fire destroyed the Deadwood, Deadwood, S. D. Owned by the Black Hills Amusement Co., the theatre will be rebuilt as soon as possible."

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