Allison Weiland committed to restoring State Theatre

She’s the new development coordinator of the State Theatre and a passionate advocate for the arts. Meet Allison Weiland, this week’s Up-and-Comer.

Name: Allison Weiland

Age: 31

Hometown: Madison

What brought you to Sioux Falls?

The State Theatre and the thought of fewer traffic jams.

What keeps you in Sioux Falls?

The simple things — family, parks, our lovely new home and our amazing support system.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

I notice something new in the State Theatre every day!

How did you get connected to your role?

I’ve always had a passion for the arts, and I have always enjoyed working for nonprofits. This role seemed like a very natural fit.

Describe working at the State Theatre in three words.

It’s the bee’s knees. 😉

What do you think people still don’t know about what’s happening with the State Theatre?

The State Theatre has reached a milestone in the construction process. We are now allowed to have public fundraising events in the theater. In the past, they have been held in other locations.

We have had three fundraising events this year. The first event, sponsored by Cinema Falls in October, was to show “The General,” a classic silent film with a live orchestra. The second was sponsored by DTSF and was a double-feature showing of “When Harry Met Sally” and “Fargo.” The third was our annual Stars, Statues and The State black tie Academy Awards fundraising event. We will be announcing additional public fundraising events in the coming months.

What’s the next step for the project?

Our fundraising effort is ongoing. As we raise money, we will continue the restoration of the beautiful State Theatre auditorium.  We have completed the facade, marquee, lobby, concession stand, restrooms and all major mechanical, plumbing and electrical infrastructure, as well as the architectural, engineering and business plans.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

With my family, watching a film at the State Theatre.

The State Theatre on Phillips Avenue opened in 1926 and closed in 1990. The Sioux Falls State Theatre Co. bought it in 2005.

Allison Weiland committed to restoring State Theatre

She’s the new development coordinator of the State Theatre and a passionate advocate for the arts. Meet Allison Weiland, this week’s Up-and-Comer.

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