Lansing, MI – Movie theaters we miss

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on April 4, 2017 at 6:22 am

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From the Lansing State Journal: Known to most as The Michigan Theatre and Arcade, one of the grandest theaters in the state opened as The Strand Theatre in 1921 on South Washington Avenue.

Originally intended for vaudeville and live events, it was designed with a long arcade that included two levels of shops. The cost was a then-outrageous $500,000.

The theater started showing films in the 1920s. Ravaged by fire in the 1930s and partly razed in 1983, it’s now known as The Atrium Office Center. What’s left of the tiered balcony is still visible on the building’s east side.

Other Lansing theaters included The Gladmer Theatre, The Bijou Theater, The Capitol Theatre, Colonial Theater, Empress Theater, Garden Theater, Orpheum Theater, Plaza Theater, Avenue Theater and the Theatorium.

East Lansing’s State Theatre, at 215 Abbott Road, came along in 1927 and had 800 seats. The Campus Theatre, at 407 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing was built in 1950 and seated 1,500.

The younger generation will remember Spartan Triplex, Elmwood Plaza 8, Lansing Mall West Cinema, Meridian Outer 6 or perhaps The Odeon.

Story link with extensive photo gallery, at: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/life/2017/03/30/archives-movie-theaters-we-miss/99822180/

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CurtisssRo
CurtisssRo on November 5, 2017 at 2:00 am

I’ve recently read about this theater at https://sites.google.com/view/cheapessaydone/ Thank you for the rare photos. I feel the atmosphere of the past.

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