State Theatre to Host ‘Our Towns’ Screening

Sioux Falls will be the first city in the nation to host a screening of the HBO feature documentary “Our Towns.” The documentary will be shown at the State Theatre in downtown Sioux Falls at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Academy Award-winning filmmakers Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan and journalists James and Deborah Fallows; it will be moderated by Mayor Paul TenHaken. Tickets are available to the general public at no admission charge at

“Our Towns” is based on the Fallows’ bestselling book “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America.” Sioux Falls is one of eight towns featured in the film that retraces the Fallows’ journey through the communities they originally visited. The film considers the changes taking place in small towns and cities across the country. “Our Towns” originally premiered on HBO on April 13, 2021, and is also available for streaming on-demand and through HBO MAX.

“‘Our Towns’ showcases not only what residents and visitors love about the vibrancy of Sioux Falls but also how we—as well as cities around the country—continue to demonstrate enduring resilience,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken. “This is a fantastic opportunity to share a film that explores the power of local communities, and we are honored to have the Fallows join us for this special evening.”

“We are looking forward to visiting Sioux Falls again, and learning more about the stories of the people and the town,” said Jim Fallows. “We spent so much time in this area for our book, and in the HBO movie, because so many themes that are crucial for America are on display here. Many of the stories of America in our times are being told in Sioux Falls.”

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“Our Towns” artwork

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