Police arrested Josh Hall Tuesday during the investigation at Screenland Plaza 8, located at 2219 N. Belt Highway.
Hall is in custody on an investigative hold, accused of making a false police report and property damage.
Police responded to call about the damage at the theater Tuesday, which including shattered ceiling tiles in the main lobby as well as other debris. The facility's bathrooms had broken mirrors and other damage. Empty alcohol bottles were also found in the theater.
Hall was at Plaza 8 Tuesday before his arrest. During a phone conversation with KQ2, he described one theater as being "obliterated" and said the act of vandalism was "disgusting."
Police said another theater was also damaged and that it happened sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. Police were not notified until Tuesday morning.
An officer on the scene said the damage was estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.
Capt. Jeff Wilson said Hall originally told officers someone "unknown to him" vandalized the building. Wilson said they determined that report was inaccurate. He said it does not appear the damage was done by one person.
The St. Joseph Police Department is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the damage. Charges are expected in the case by Wednesday morning.
The theater officially closed to the public on Sunday. A Price Chopper grocery store is planned for the site.