Walking Memory Lane: The lost theaters of Jackson, MI
JACKSON, MI — For a town the size of Jackson, a look back at its cinema history reveals that it once had a significant number of theaters. A recent article looks back at them with a special focus on the lost Capitol Theatre.
It stung when The Capitol closed in 1973, but the article and their memory of that night out spurred the Ahronheim brothers to try and save the building two years later when it was purchased by Jackson County and slated for demolition to create a parking lot for employees at the Tower Building next door.
Though they were unsuccessful and the building came down in September 1975, the brothers rallied about 40 people in the Save the Capitol Theatre Committee, which wanted to preserve the building as an arts and cultural center. One of the members was Jackson’s Gerry Blanchard, a director, drama teacher and active member of the Jackson Civic Theater, Clark Lake Players and Rosier Players.
The article, from MLive is here.