Back in the 1990’s if you'd have asked Jeff Logan of Logan Luxury Theatres if there was a future for single screen movie theaters, he might not have given you the same answer he would give you today.
"I honestly didn't think I would ever have invested in a single-screen movie house in small town South Dakota, but the Dells Theatre changed my mind," he said. "When I walked inside for the first time, I felt a shiver. It was as if I had taken a step back in time. It was a great feeling. Everything about it was perfect. It was beautiful. From that moment on I knew what we had to do. I wanted to share that feeling of nostalgia and American historic pride that I felt with everyone who walks through those doors.
“It was all original art deco. It was built in 1938 by local contractors and it was extremely well designed by a man named Perry Crosier.
“For those who don't know what the art deco style is, this is it in a nutshell. That modern society with modern Technology, Innovation and Industry could conquer any problem in the world. Mr. Crosier captured that theme in his design of this theater, and I wanted to preserve and continue that theme from the moment I first walked in this theater.”
Jud and Mavis King were the longest owners of the theater, taking over from Jud’s brother Lane, operating the movie house from 1956 - 1998. (Continued on page 3 of our online edition!)