Ely's Show Place

The State Theater was built in 1936 by the Swanson family in Ely. Its designer was a noted architecture firm called Liebenberg & Kaplan, who had designed many theaters in Minnesota and other northern states. In 2008, the recession caused the State Theater to close its doors to the public. 

By 2014, The State Theater had fallen into disrepair and was purchased by Alley A Realty. They are a family business who specializes in historic preservation and redevelopment. They are working with the State of Minnesota and the U.S. Department of Interior to restore the exterior and interior to its original condition.

Relighting Ceremony

July 30th, 2016

Thanks to all who came out to experience the relighting of Ely's Historic State Theater Marquee! Highlights of the evening included the smell of freshly popped popcorn, a special appearance by the Ely Timberwolf, writing memories of past times had at the theater, and many, many smiling faces!