Elks Theatre celebrates 110 years of business

Originally built in 1912 as an opera house known as Elks Lodge, the Elks Theatre is a historic landmark in Downtown Rapid City with a storied past.

Elks Lodge was a popular venue for silent films in the early 1900s, and in 1920, a man named Art Rose purchased the establishment from Elk Lodge. Rose owned the theater for five years before selling it to Black Hills Amusements who operated the venue from 1925-1969.

Check out this gallery of the Elks Theatre

In 1969, Black Hills Amusement sold Elks to Commonwealth Theaters who operated it for about 15 years before selling it to a national chain called United Artists who ran the theater briefly before closing it down for a few years.

Elks Theatre 13During its closure in the 80s, the main floor of Elks flooded after neglected waterlines froze and broke one winter, leaving much of the theater damaged until 1992 when Doug and Lori Andrews purchased the venue.

The current owner, Curt Small, has been running the theater since 2008. In 2022, the Elks Theatre celebrated 110 years of business, providing Rapid City with a historic venue for everything from films to dance recitals to convention meetings.

The Elks boasts a state-of-the-art sound system as well as the largest screen in South Dakota which make for an unbeatable viewing experience.

For more information about the Elks Theatre or to find upcoming showtimes, visit their website here.

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