Ely's Historic State Theater is a cultural hub of film, arts, entertainment and learning that cultivates a vibrant, healthy community. Our mission is to promote and support the cinematic and performing arts at Ely’s Historic State Theater.

Ely’s Historic State Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Donations to Ely’s Historic State Theater are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Be a part of the action! There are several ways to donate.

Become a Sustaining Donor

Sales of tickets and concessions don’t cover the cost of operating the State Theater. We rely on the generosity of our patrons to support our programming. Your monthly donations to Ely’s Historic State Theater will help us to:

  • Show movies year round
  • Keep ticket prices low
  • Offer a broad selection of concessions at low prices
  • Host theatrical, musical, and live events
  • Entertain Ely kids and families - don't forget date night!
  • Entice our visitors to come and stay longer for more fun
  • Spark a nice economic boost for our town
  • Entergize Ely's impact as a regional cultural hub
  • Create opportunities for our artists and entertainers
  • Enrich Ely's brand of adventure, culture, and fun!

Support Ely’s Historic State Theater on Giving Tuesday

Great news! Ely’s Historic State Theater has been awarded a $3,000 challenge match for Giving Tuesday. Every donation received between December 1 and December 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $3,000. Your Giving Tuesday donation will help purchase a digital projector for the second screen.

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Sponsor a Seat Plaque

Donate $400 or more and we will engrave a nameplate with the text of your choice (3 lines or less, 12 characters per line including punctuation and spaces). Click here to download the seat plaque form.

Mail the form and your check to:

Ely's Historic State Theater
PO Box 34
Ely, MN 55731

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