The State Theatre in Kasson first opened it's doors for business on Thursday, February 25th, 1937 on west main street. It was built by Henry Workman, and originally managed by William Forkey. The sound absorbent material and sound/projection equipment were considered state of-the-art, rivaling any big city theatre. The modern front design of this theatre, was regarded as a noteworthy achievement in modern architecture of that era. Tickets prices were Adults 25 cents / Children 10 cents, and on Sundays and Holidays - Adults were 35 cents.
By 1967, television had become America's entertainment staple, and the theatre's popularity waned, and it was closed in 1967. It was then sold to the Lutheran Church in Kasson, and had been home to several churches over the years, last owned by the Kasson Church of Christ.
In the summer of 1998, Nicole Bjerke and sister Heidi Alberts, purchased the building, completed it's extensive remodeling, and opened it in November of that year. The remodel included seating for 250, a small side room for private parties, the largest curved screen in southern Minnesota, and a Dolby Surround Sound system.
Over the years, Nicole and Heidi have worked hard to make the theatre a family place with a "small-town feeling", while bringing big city moviesto Kasson. today the historic Kasson State Theatre features dolby digital surround system and newly installed state of the art digital projection. Come catch a movie any day of the week and enjoy the best popcorn around!