Vassar Theatre voted Mid-Michigan’s Best Movie Theatre

posted by quasimodo on June 3, 2009 at 7:55 am

VASSAR, MI — In a poll conducted by the local NBC affiliate, the Vassar Theatre was voted “Mid-Michigan’s Best Movie Theatre”.

The theatre, which opened in 1937, finished first in a field of seven mid-Michigan theatres that received 2,240 total votes. The Vassar Theatre was the only classic single-screen theatre competing against newer multiplexes including a twenty-screen IMAX. The Vassar Theatre also received 189 reviews, more than any other business in 63 categories. All but one review was accompanied by the highest-possible five-star rating. Numerous accolades were also bestowed on the theatre’s popcorn, one user proclaiming it the “best popcorn in the world.”

Many comments praised the staff and owner Tim O'Brien’s skillful renovation of the classic art deco theatre. O'Brien invested 13 years and over $500,000 into the project. The Vassar Theatre combines the notalgic look and feel of art deco theatres with the modern quality of professional 35mm film projection and Dolby Digital sound.

“This defies conventional wisdom about how and where poeple go to enjoy movies,” O'Brien said. “That we would have bested the other modern multiplexes in contention suggests that poeple do enjoy the different kind of experience we have to offer and appreciate the nostalgic ambiance of a classic theatre.”

The Vassar Theatre is open seven days a week featuring first-run movies.

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