Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020
Last updated: Saturday, February 8, 2020

On January 5 there was a fire in one of the rooftop heating units at the West Mall 7 Theatre that damaged a portion of our front lobby and forced us to close temporarily for professional cleaning and restoration.

We are open for business!

Great news!  The West Mall 7 has re-opened for business as of February 7 with a full schedule of movies. 

All our lobby repairs are completed, however some of the additional remodeling updates are still underway.  That means you'll notice a number of changes, but there's still more to come!   And, you may see ongoing work in our lobby.  For example, our digital signs go up in couple of weeks and our new carpet will be installed in early March (check out the sneak peek below!).

We hope you'll be excited to see the changes.  We're planning a special event in March once everything is completely finished, so watch for details on that.  In the meantime, we can't wait to see you back at the movies starting this weekend!

What progress has been made?

2/8/20:  We have re-opened as of February 7 with a full schedule of movies.  Check our "Now Showing" page for the latest movies and show times.  Watch for future updates when we install our new carpet in March!

2/5/20: Electricians are installing our new concession lighting, and the painters are finishing their main work.  Our new digital signs will go up in the next couple of weeks, and our new carpet will be installed in March.  Some additional tile work and other updates are also scheduled.  In the meantime, we are ready to re-open while the final remodeling work is completed.

1/31/20: Our new ceiling grid is up and most of the ceiling tile is now installed.  In addition, crews have been painting our lobby in an updated red and gold color scheme (check out the pictures below!). Next, the electricians will install new concession lighting.  Our new carpet has been ordered and will be installed later in February.  We are getting ready to open again soon!

1/23/20:  All lobby duct work has been replaced, and our new lobby heating and cooling system has now been installed, complete with a new rooftop HVAC unit.  Crews are now starting work on our new lobby ceiling and preparing to paint portions of the walls.  We also completed the network wiring for our new digital signage system.

1/12/20:  Construction is underway!  Crews have already removed the ceiling in our lobby.  Next they will remove the old duct work to prepare for installation of the new heating and cooling system.

1/10/20: Initial fire clean up has been completed.   Restoration work is now underway and crews have cleaned and wrapped all of our projection and concession equipment in preparation for the ceiling repairs.

How do I get more updates?

We will continue to post further updates on our progress on this page and on Facebook as the work proceeds.  You can also sign up for our mailing list here to receive the latest updates right in your email box.

Latest pictures

Here's a sneak peek at our new concession light fixtures, and our new carpet.  (Carpet will be installed in March).

What happened?

On Sunday, January 5, a small fire in one of our rooftop heating units damaged a portion of our front lobby.  The cause has been determined to be a blower motor failure.  Fortunately, our maintenance crew was at the West Mall 7 when the incident occurred and they reported it immediately.  The Sioux Falls Fire Department responded quickly and minimized the damage.  We are very thankful that no one was injured, and grateful to our staff and the Sioux Falls first responders for their quick action.

Thanks for choosing the West Mall 7 Theatre.  We look forward to seeing you back at the movies very soon!