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The theatre closed in the early 80’s, I know they ran Caligula in 1983…..
If more people said NO to their kids, it would force concession prices to come down .
Something to think about the next time you lay out 45.00 $ at the box office, then get dragged to the concession stand by your kids. Talk to them before you ever get to the theatre, explain to them, and tell them NO.
After it cost more to get a SMALL Coke, than it did to get in to see the movie, I quit theatre concessions. Stick a Coke in your pocket or purse,, candy at the gas station stuff moms purse with goodies from home…..Who can afford this over pricing? You try to do something fun for your family, but it puts you in the red for the rest of the month. Movie and no concessions, or simply, just no movie at all. I have worked in theatres and know how they run, it will hurt at first, but if they lower prices, I would buy again.
Newly built Rave theatres use drop down masking….
Rave sucks !! plain and simple……I have been twice, once was enough, top down masking for scope pictures, make you believe its a big screen, until the movie starts, then half of the screen disappears. I hate Rave, and Im not the only one who feels that way. Terrible management, poor projectionists who dont know how to run a projector, over the top hi pricing,at concession and box office, I could go on and on…..You will be sorry for letting Rave into your town !!!! There is NOTHING to Rave about, except the negative. I have nothing good to say about them. On a scale of 1-10, I give Rave a negative 7.
new scaffolding covering the theatre fascade
New photos of the theatre, taken 11/14/09
Simply beautiful !! Awesome pix !
Has anyone taken photos of the new vertical?? This has to be one of the most beautiful theatres ever.
this will take you to a few photos of the Douglas and 131 Drive ins,,131 was in Plainwell MI
Cinema 5 reopened approx 2003, privately run family theatre, they put new seating in, screens, and stereo!, something that the theatre never had. Cheaper prices on admission and concession. A good place for enjoyable lower priced entertainment. Small theatres and small screens, but top notch presentation.I attend at least twice a week. They dont seem to have the talky teenagers and phones ringing thru the film, They also try to show some independent films as well,I saw Frozen River and The Queen before it was at other theatres, and before the Academy Awards.
Opened in 1976 Eastowne 5 Theatres were a Jack Loeks theatre, as the Plaza 2 also in Kalamazoo, at the time the largest ( by screen count, not seats) theatre in town .
When I come to the movie capitol of the world, I expect to see a movie in a real movie palace, preferably on Hollywood Blvd., or one of the old downtown palaces, Orpheum, Los Angeles,Palace, etc.on a real WIDE SCREEN, I attend a drive- in that has a screen 75 X 150. Now thats wide !
I was there a few years back for a special anniversary for the theatre, showing The Misfits. Ill take a good guess and say the seating is approx 400, so the 432 seat count would be correct. Its long and narrow, but I dont think it has 898 seats.
www.CapriDrivein.com Coldwater, MI
Largest outdoor screen in operation, a Selby Tower, 75' X 150'
it shows a beautiful pitcure !
This link will take you to photos of the Michigan Theatre.
RegionRat, I also would like to have an inside visit to this theatre. I drove by it a couple nights ago when I was attending a concert at the Horseshoe Casino. Unfortunally, I didnt have time to stop and check it over.The photos were great !! Please feel free to e mail me, thanks,,
The other SENSURROUND movies to come, Rollercoaster and Midway would play across the street at Maple Hill Mall Cinema I II (General Cinema). Guess the vibrations were a bit much for the old bag, LOL…
This was a UA Theatre.
This was the theatre that was first in Kalamazoo to run EARTHQUAKE in SENSURROUND.
It was run by a bitter, nasty, old lady named Elaine Hauser who didnt like kids, this theatre ran more R rated films to keep the kids out,( very rarely did a G rated picture play here, very very rarely) when a PG rated film ran, she stood guard and kept it running like a jail camp. If you attended an R rated movie, you got ID ed at the box office by the cashier, then she attacked you the second you entered the door, took your ID from your hand and after she was sure it wasnt a fake, tore your ticket and with a huff stepped aside to let you enter the lobby,and sometimes you got ID ed at the concession stand for a 3rd time !! she made you feel you HAD TO BUY concessions. THis place was a zoo when they opened GREASE !!!! When they addad other screens to this place, it make it more of an arm pit than it was before. I can count the times I attended this theatre on 1 hand. Dolby Stereo was FINALLY added in the main auditorium, in the mid 80s,(was in for ALIENS in 87) and the other screens were the typical screen 6 ft by 8 ft, 150 seats or less and no stereo, no personality.
By the time this mall was torn down ( in 1999) the theatre had a total of 10 screens.
I was never so happy to see this blight of theatres be torn down, sorry to say, it was nothing special.
Sun Theatre White Pigeon, MI
file of new photos 7/2009
Move me out there, put me up and I’ll run it.!!
I hope this treasure will be forever, I get a sick feeling everytime I read about ,yet, another theatre closing, or going on the auction block, or just losing its life and being turned into a pile of rubble. So much history, so much love, I can not think of a world with out “the Chinese Theatre”, The episode of I Love Lucy will not make any since if its gone,(Where Ethel and Lucy steal John Waynes(Waine, as Fred spells it,) block)
If I had some $$, that theatre would be mine.
Beautiful looking theatre.
I took some new pics of the building April 24 2009.