Vermillion and USD Leaders Work Together to Acquire Historic Movie Theaters

A non-profit association formed to invest in growing Vermillion’s downtown cultural attractions and relationship with the University of South Dakota has purchased the Coyote Twin and Vermillion Theaters on Main Street.

The group, the Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association, worked with community and USD leadership to acquire the historic locations at 10 E. Main St. and 4 W. Main St. Group members plan to raise money to accelerate renovations and to enhance the cinema experience for Vermillion residents and USD students.

“The project started with an idea and a belief that the theaters are a critical draw to downtown Vermillion,” said Bill Anderson, Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association Board president. “The theaters were on the market for several months and a small group of us were concerned that if they weren’t purchased, they would be at risk for closing. That wasn’t an option that we believed the community could or should consider.”

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