State Theatre

628 W. Main Street,
Rapid City, SD 57701

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Previously operated by: Black Hills Amusement Co.

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The State Theatre was opened August 1, 1930 with Lola Lane in “The Big Fight”. Operated by the Black Hills Amusement Co. in the early-1970’s. On February 12, 1978 it went over to screening Spanish language movies and was closed later in 1978. In 1987 it became the Rush nightclub. It was destroyed by a fire in 1996.

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justin1979 on November 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm

this theater was burned down in 1996 in a fire, it was a club for a while called the rush that punk bands played at even d.o.a played here in the 90s

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Joe Vogel on January 12, 2011 at 5:03 am

A 1956 Boxoffice item mentions that a Mr. Vernon Lawson had managed the State Theatre in Rapid City since 1935, so the house was at least that old.

dallasmovietheaters on December 2, 2017 at 7:09 pm

Grand opening was August 1, 1930 with the film, “The Big Fight.” On February 12, 1978, the State switched to Hispanic films and advertising was discontinued. It likely closed in 1978. In 1987, it became “The Rush,” a nightclub.

rivest266 on January 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Grand opening ad in the photo section already posted.

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davidcoppock on June 20, 2019 at 8:15 am

The site is now a bank(The National Bank) and a carpark.

MichaelKilgore on February 9, 2020 at 3:29 pm

Boxoffice, Oct. 17, 1966: “Black Hills Amusement Co. has taken over operation of the State Theatre and Sioux Drive-In at Rapid City. The State had been operated by John George and the Sioux had been operated by his son Tom.”

Boxoffice, Oct. 31, 1977: “The State Theatre, Rapid City, and the Gem Theatre, Riverton, Wyo., have been reopened by Commonwealth and both theatres will be operating on a first-run basis.”

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