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steelbeard1 commented about Theater fixtures and items for sale on Mar 5, 2008 at 3:56 am

Judging by the phone number, could the equipment be from the closed State Theatre in Benton Harbor, MI?
/theaters/14282/

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steelbeard1 commented about Tornado damages theatre on Feb 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Mr. Robitaille is referring to the Sun Theatre in Williamston, MI which is listed in Cinema Treasures at /theaters/4214/
I wish you luck in getting the facade restored.

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steelbeard1 commented about Capitol Theater loses its marquee on Feb 3, 2008 at 2:11 am

A similar 1950s marquee hid details from the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor MI until it was removed and replaced with a smaller marquee which showed off the facade instead of hiding it.

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steelbeard1 commented about Drive-In Box Office Gold on Jan 9, 2008 at 3:43 am

Not in the Flint, Michigan area where there are two competing twin-screen drive in theaters still in operation from late April to early September.

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steelbeard1 commented about Lyric Cinemas on Nov 16, 2007 at 10:32 pm

New photos of the interior of the Lyric Cinemas can be seen at View link which shows the carved up cinema treasure 4-plex being used as church. The church took down the wall separating cinemas 2 and 3 to create a sanctuary. The original ceiling was exposed when the tiles on the drop ceiling were removed which shows that the theater is restorable. A news story telling the history of the theater is at View link from The Ludington Daily News.

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steelbeard1 commented about Columbia Theatre in Portsmouth, OH Burns on Nov 13, 2007 at 10:22 pm

This follow up news story at View link compares this fire to the one last February which destroyed the Lebowsky Center in Owosso, MI. The story even quoted this writer.

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steelbeard1 commented about Joseph H. Lebowsky Center on Nov 10, 2007 at 4:34 am

A photo of the Lebowsky Center interior, taken a month before the fire during The Home Depot makeover, is at View link

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steelbeard1 commented about Last of fire-twisted beams removed from Lebowsky Center on Nov 8, 2007 at 1:18 pm

About 200 seats under the balcony survived the fire. You can see a tour of the fire damage at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gju6f8e_D1M

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steelbeard1 commented about Ken Theatre on Sep 12, 2007 at 1:52 pm

I forgot to add that this theater was torn down long ago.

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steelbeard1 commented about Ken Theatre on Sep 12, 2007 at 1:52 pm

There is an article about this theater at…
http://www.drive-ins.com/dbtcdet.htm/tc=47/pga=53

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steelbeard1 commented about Joseph H. Lebowsky Center on Jul 5, 2007 at 11:32 pm

Whoops! Just after I wrote my last comment, another big suspicious fire, this one fatal, struck a three-story building just kitty corner from the Lebowsky Center. You can read that news story at View link and at View link There were two other fires before the Lebowsky Center one. Nearby, the Capitol Bowl bowling alley was destroyed in a 2006 fire and has been rebuilt. In 2005, an almost century old factory building was also destroyed by fire.

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steelbeard1 commented about Joseph H. Lebowsky Center on Jul 4, 2007 at 2:14 am

There haven’t been other arsons like this I’m aware of in the Owosso area. I hope Phase Two of the rebuilding includes installation of a sprinkler system.

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steelbeard1 commented about Joseph H. Lebowsky Center on Jul 1, 2007 at 11:23 am

They still don’t know who did it or why.

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steelbeard1 commented about Joseph H. Lebowsky Center on Jun 29, 2007 at 11:36 pm

It was announced on Wednesday, June 27 that the Lebowsky Center will be rebuilt! The OCP will need to raise $100,000 to start the rebuilding process. Most of the Phase One rebuilding will be covered by insurance. Phase One involves building new walls, a new roof, new exterior doors along Park Street, restoring electrical systems, basic lighting and a new roof heating system. They plan on beginning construction in July with the theater completely enclosed by the time winter sets in.

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steelbeard1 commented about State Theatre on May 31, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Carmike did do the right thing! They amended the deed restiction so the State Theatre is now allowed to show first run movies which open at 200 or fewer theaters. So the State Theater will be open for movies again with the target date of Thanksgiving weekend.

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steelbeard1 commented about National Amusements' two remaining drive-in theaters will open this year on May 30, 2007 at 1:11 am

National Amusements now lists their operating drive-ins at http://www.nationalamusements.com

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steelbeard1 commented about Miracle Twin Drive-In on May 30, 2007 at 1:09 am

http://www.nationalamusements.com now lists the Miracle Twin DI showtimes.

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steelbeard1 commented about NCG Courtland Cinemas on May 30, 2007 at 1:03 am

The other ABC Theatre on Pierson Road was the Northwest Theatre. That closed around 1982 at the same time the Eastland Mall Theatre was sold to National Amusements. The Northwest Theatre was later torn down and is a vacant lot today. When ABC left the theater business, Plitt took both theaters over.

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steelbeard1 commented about Capitol Theater on May 1, 2007 at 12:57 am

The updated URL for the Capitol Theatre Building is…
http://www.capitoltheatrebuilding.com
and there is also a MySpace page for the theater at…
View link

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steelbeard1 commented about Kenwood Drive-In on Apr 15, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Hi, Rosalind.
I’m happy to tell you that National Amusements' other remaining drive-in, the Miracle Twin DI in Burton, MI outside Flint will also open this year. Like yourself, I’m maintaining an individual web page devoted to that DI at View link which I admit is much more primitive compared to yours. I’ve posted a news story to the Cinema Treasures webmasters about the opening of both drive-ins giving you credit for the Kenwood DI info.

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steelbeard1 commented about Bricks fall from unstable Lebowsky Center on Mar 29, 2007 at 12:48 am

An updated report from WJRT at View link mentions that a construction crew was on the Lebowsky Center roof to make repairs after the bricks fell onto the bank building. The partial demolition will take place once it’s OK for the heavy machinery to be sent due to the springtime load limit laws. Architects are working on a “phased reconstruction” first involving rebuilding the outside walls and the theater and stage house roofs to enclose the theater again before making interior repairs. They hope to have the theater completely renovated by the summer of 2009.

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steelbeard1 commented about Joseph H. Lebowsky Center on Mar 20, 2007 at 10:00 pm

My tribute to the Lebowsky Center is on line at http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/flinn.asp

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steelbeard1 commented about A look at the fire damaged Lebowsky Center on Mar 20, 2007 at 10:00 pm

The Lebowsky Center tribute article is now on line and you can see it by clicking on the Flinn’s Journal link in the above article.

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steelbeard1 commented about Lebowsky fire update and photos on Mar 20, 2007 at 9:57 pm

The article I mentioned in this report is now on line at http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/flinn.asp

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steelbeard1 commented about Lebowsky Center owner in talks with architectural firms on Mar 20, 2007 at 9:49 pm

This postscript is to note that the article about the Lebowsky Center I was talking about in an earlier report is now on line at http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/flinn.asp