Popular Bohm Theaatre closes
ALBION, MI — The historic 1929 Bohm Theatre closed this week after a supposedly successful period in which it was owned and operated by Albion College. Locals and students from the school (who could attend for free) alike visited regularly so no one saw the closure coming.
Albion’s historic Bohm Theatre closed its doors Monday, and local officials said they had no idea the closure was coming.
Sue Marcos, president of the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce, said the news came as a surprise. She first heard about the closure on Monday.
“We are very disappointed that it closed,” Marcos said. “It was a great theater, very reasonably priced and used by many people in the community.”
Read the full article in the Battle Creek Enquirer.
Such a shame. Like me, after discovering this article, you probably thought some megaplex on the outskirts of town came in and killed this theatre. Not even close. The 10,000 citizens of this town are most likely traveling 20 miles to Jackson or almost 30 to Battle Creek to go to the movies instead of attending their neighborhood theater!
Hopefully someone can buy this theatre soon—it has the original 3/8 Barton Theatre Pipe Organ still in place!
I toured this theatre in 1995 with the Theatre Historical Society.
(www.historictheatres.org) It was closed then, and in need of some work. It still had charm though, and a lot of original features. I remember hearing the Bohm had reopened, and am now saddened to know it has closed.
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