State Historic Preservation Office

Ely State Theater

Name of Property: Ely State Theater
City or Vicinity: Ely
County: Saint Louis County
State: MN
Name of Photographer: Charlene Roise
Date of Photographs: August 2014

Documentation (PDF)

North (front) facade on East Sheridan Street, looking south.

North facade of theater and adjacent commercial buildings, looking southeast.

Close-up view of theater’s north facade and west side of marquee, looking east.

North facade of theater and adjacent commercial buildings, looking southwest.

Rear (south; left) and east (right) walls of theater, looking northwest.

Rear (south) wall of theater, looking northeast. The west wall is visible above the roof of the adjacent building (left).

Lobby, looking north towards entry doors. Note zigzag terrazzo floor and display panel.

Lobby, looking southeast to concessions area, which is not original. An original brushed aluminum light fixture still hangs from the ceiling, and a display panel that might be original is on the east wall.

Foyer between lobby (right) and auditorium (left), looking west. Auditorium door with porthole window is in background.

Auditorium, looking south. The original stage and light fixtures are intact.

Close-up of stage at south end of auditorium, looking southwest.

Looking northwest from the front of the auditorium.

Detail of Moderne light fixture along the east wall of the auditorium, looking east.

Living room (foreground), dining room (middle), and kitchen (through door in background) in secondfloor apartment, looking east-southeast.

Historic view of front facade of theater, probably from around the time it opened. Source: Liebenberg and Kaplan Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.

Historic view of theater lobby, probably from around the time it opened. Source: Liebenberg and Kaplan Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.

Historic view of theater auditorium, probably from around the time it opened. Source: Liebenberg and Kaplan Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota- Minneapolis.