Rapid Theatre

740 W. Main Street,
Rapid City, SD 57709

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Previously operated by: Black Hills Amusement Co., Consolidated Theatres

Previous Names: Rex Theatre

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Rapid Theatre

The Rex Theatre was opened October 19, 1928 with Lew Cody in “Beau Broadway” plus vaudeville on the stage. It was renamed Rapid Theatre on November 10, 1960 when it reopened with Charlton Heston in “Ben Hur”. This theatre was part of the Black Hills Amusement chain in the early-1970’s. It was closed January 30, 1986 with “Iron Eagle”.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

A book about Rapid City architecture says that the Rex Theatre was built in 1928.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Very nice looking theatre.Thanks for the pictures.

dallasmovietheaters on December 3, 2017 at 3:29 am

Final show was “Iron Eagle” on January 30, 1986 at end of lease. The theatre was demolished for parking.

rivest266 on January 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm

This reopened on November 10th, 1960 as Rapid with “Ben Hur”. Both grand opening ads in the photo section.

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