Stargate Twin Theater

919 E. North Street,
Rapid City, SD 57701

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp., Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Previous Names: Northgate 1 & 2

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The Northgate 1 & 2 was planned to be a twin theatre for the Jerry Lewis chain, but was taken over by Commonwealth Theatres prior to its opening on August 24, 1973 with “Burt Reynolds in "White Lightning” & Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music”. Each auditorium had 350 seats. On November 19, 1999 it was renamed Stargate Twin Theatre. It was closed on November 30, 2006.

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raubre on July 15, 2006 at 5:48 am

That is an odd looking theater. Middle of a shopping plaza, cheapy undescript marquee. Looks like it could pass for another shop.

justin1979 on November 15, 2009 at 2:45 pm

i am not 100 percent for sure but i do think that the marquee was from the starlight drive in theater and was moved here in the 70s or 80s after the starlight closed down.the theater for years was known as the northgate theater, it was a dollar dump for while and really became a dump. than in 2000 or so its named changed to the stargate
i really miss this place . rip

Shoes4Industry on February 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

I don’t know how I got thinking about this place, but I grew up in Rapid City and saw a number of movies at this one, while it was called the Northgate. A pretty crummy theater, I remember my Dad claiming it was originally built as one of the Jerry Lewis theaters.

Besides it’s mediocre quality, the other thing I remember about this place was that on one side of the lobby, there was this huge picture mural of a USA map populated by old movie star pictures (IIRC). I always thought this was pretty cool. I think this was put up by Commonwealth, who operated the place at the time. Wish I had a picture of that mural…

dallasmovietheaters on December 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm

The Northgate Theatre project was announced as a $145,000 concept to be opened by Jerry Lewis Cinemas. By the time the delayed cinema was launched, the Lewis Circuit had run into financial difficulty and this property became a Commonwealth Circuit concept.

The Northgate Theatres opened on August 24, 1973. Two equal 350 seat auditoriums were created with opening shows of “Sound of Music” and “White Lightning.” The theatre soldiered on completing its thirty year lease.

davidcoppock on December 3, 2017 at 2:20 am

Did it screen the movie “Stargate”?

rivest266 on January 11, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Full page ad from August 23rd, 1973

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rivest266 on January 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm

The mall pitched in…

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rivest266 on December 15, 2020 at 11:33 am

This was taken by the owners of the Elks Theatre and renamed Stargate on November 19th, 1999, and closed on November 26th, 2006. Stargate Theater closedStargate Theater closed Thu, Nov 30, 2006 – 17 · Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota) ·

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