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Our normal admission price is $7.00 adult/$4.00 children 12 and under. Children under 2 are free. Military tickets are just $4.00! Please check on special event pricing as it varies widely.

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Chronology of the Historic Elks Theatre
Theatre Chronology

1876 Rapid City is established by John Brennan & Sam Scott
General George Custer is defeated at Little Big Horn
James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok is shot to death in Deadwood, SD

1906 Railroad arrives in Rapid City

1911 Rapid City Elks lay cornerstone of their new home on 6th and Main

1912 Rapid City Elks celebrate completion of their lodge & opera house

1920 Elks Lodge sells Elks Opera House to Art Rose

1925 Art Rose sells Elks Theatre to Black Hills Amusement Company

1927 Gutzon Borglum begins work on Mount Rushmore

1929 Black Hills residents experience the "talkies" at the Elks Theatre

1969 Common Wealth Theatres purchases Elks Theatre from Black Hills Amusement Company

1972 Rapid City is devastated by flood

1988 United Artist purchases Elks Theatre

1989 United Artist locks the doors of the Elks Theatre

1990 Frozen pipes flood and severely damage the abandoned Elks Theatre

1992 Doug and Lori Andrews purchase the Elks Theatre and renovate the facilities

1995 The Friends of the Devereaux Library and the Elks Theatre launch Nostalgia Night

1999 The Screening Room is opened

2008 Curt Small purchases the Elks Theatre from the Andrews

2013 35mm film production ceases, and digital projectors are installed