09 July 2015
A non-profit association has formed this year to invest in growing Vermillion’s downtown cultural attractions and relationship with the University of South Dakota and broader community and received critical support this week from the Vermillion Chamber and Development Corporation. The VCDC’s gift – $10,000 in loans and an additional $5,000 in match funding – will accelerate renovations that will enhance the cinema experience in Vermillion.
"The project started with an idea and a belief that the theaters are a critical draw to downtown Vermillion," said Bill Anderson, Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association board president. "The theaters were on the market for several months and a small group of us were concerned that if they weren’t purchased, they would be at risk for closing. That wasn’t an option that we believed the community could or should consider."
The theaters changed hands on July 1, after being owned by March Films, Inc. for more than 40 years.