Then and Now: History Edition
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Then and Now: History Edition


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THEN & NOW: PAGE 9B PRESS & DAKOTAN n MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 Playing At The Dakota Yankton s Dakota Theatre Is Seeing Renovations To Update The Downtown Icon BY CHANCE MULLINIX W alking the streets of downtown Yankton in the early days of the 20th century, there was one building that couldn t be missed. When the Dakota Theatre opened on Sept. 8, 1902, it was an opera house. The huge building with a fantastic fa ade of windows made it an impressive feature along Walnut St. This was when the streets of downtown Yankton were packed and few entertainment options were available to the public. Beau Fleming, president of the Lewis and Clark Theatre Company (LCTC), which owns the theatre, told the Press and Dakotan about the theatre s storied history. Many of the original designs had more windows in the front (of the building), Fleming said. It also had a grand staircase, which echoed many of the theatres that were built on the East Coast at that time. Though these designs weren t included, the original theatre featured balconies egressed to the outside of the theatre. The building was designed by C. H. Parsons out of Des Moines, Iowa, and constructed by a Chicago company owned by John P. McClure. The theatre exhibited operas until it closed in 1921. It was reopened and refurbished as the Hess Theatre, with a new pipe organ, opera IMAGE: DAKOTA TERRITORIAL MUSEUM chairs and chandeliers. The theatre stopped showing plays and transformed into a talking-picture theatre in 1929. The first movie shown was Syncopation, a musical. The film showcased the then-new technology of sound on film in the Yankton area for the first time. Later that year, the theatre s name changed from Hess to Dakota. The theatre continued with little change until it was purchased by the Commonwealth Theatre Group ABOVE: A postcard view of downtown Yankton s Dakota Theatre in its earliest days. LEFT: The Dakota Theatre today. While it no longer shows movies, the Dakota still presents numerous theatrical performances each year from the Lewis & Clark Theatre Company and the Yankton Children s Theatre Company. THEATRE | PAGE 13B KELLY HERTZ/P&D Stewart Carpet Center Is Yankton s Oldest Exclusive Flooring Store We have been in business since 1958 when Doyle and Dorothy Stewart opened their first store in downtown Yankton. Three years later, in 1961, they took a big gamble and built a brand new building at our current location at 1803 Broadway which at that time was on the very outskirts of town. In 1980, Doyle and Dorothy retired and sold the business to their son, Gregg and his wife, Mary Lee. In 1990, because of the popularity of hard surfaces in flooring, the Stewarts expanded their inventory to include other floor coverings such as wood, laminate, vinyl and tile. Gregg Stewart, the owner, has 40+ years of carpet-laying experience and 20 years of vinyl installation, while his wife, Mary Lee, has 30+ years of experience in customer service and product knowledge. Your flooring is in good hands! Stewart Carpet Center 1803 Broadway, Yankton A History Rooted in Ag Raise your expectations. 2405 Broadway 605.668.0800 110 Cedar St 605.665.6423 ID 405612
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