SIOUX FALLS -- After a yearlong restoration project, two murals that are original to the 1913 Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls have been reinstalled.

In 1927, the theater -- originally a vaudeville house -- became a movie house and stayed that way until 1954, when the Sioux Empire Community Playhouse acquired it. The city took over the building in 2002, and now a private company rents and runs the theater.

One account says there originally were six murals. In the 1970s, two were sent to New York to be restored. They never came back.

The newly refurbished murals had been hand delivered to the Minneapolis-based restorers.

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No one really knew the murals existed when they city first acquired the building. One was found rolled up in a tube in a closet.

 

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