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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
I forgot to add that this theater was torn down long ago.
There is an article about this theater at…
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.
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.
They still don’t know who did it or why.
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.
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.
National Amusements now lists their operating drive-ins at http://www.nationalamusements.com
http://www.nationalamusements.com now lists the Miracle Twin DI showtimes.
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.
The updated URL for the Capitol Theatre Building is…
and there is also a MySpace page for the theater at…
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.
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.
My tribute to the Lebowsky Center is on line at http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/flinn.asp
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.
The article I mentioned in this report is now on line at http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/flinn.asp
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
There is a poignant video tour of the fire damaged Lebowsky Center at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gju6f8e_D1M which shows that much of the theater escaped serious damage which shows hope that the theater can be rebuilt. The Owosso Independent newspaper dated March 11 also has a tour with an article which a PDF is at View link The fire safety features typical of 1920s vintage vaudeville theaters worked perfectly during the fire. The smoke louvers on top of the stage house (nearly a full story higher than the theater’s roof) opened up as did a steel curtain which dropped over the proscenium arch closing the stage from the auditorium until the fire spread to the theater’s roof. The firewalls kept the fire from spreading to the two story front section so the lobby only suffered water damage as did the upstairs corridor. The upstairs office showed no obvious damage, but the wall clock is frozen at 11:08, the late night time when electricity was cut.
The Owosso Community Players have published a special post-fire edition of their Marquee newsletter which you can read at View link
A photo of fire investigators on the Lebowsky Center stage can be found from the Owosso Argus-Press at View link
The Save Free TV trailer is available on one of the Something Weird Video trailer compilations titled “Hey Folks, It’s Intermission Time”. I forget which one but you can ask at http://www.somethingweird.com The direct URL for the series is at View link
Agreed. I spread the word around to View link and they won’t like this one bit.
Actually, all the theaters in the Flint area are in the suburbs. The last theater in the city of Flint to close was the single screen Flint Cinema which closed in 1986. “Roger & Me” premiered at the Showcase Cinemas Flint East in Burton. There is a fourth National Amusements theater in the Flint area, the second-run Courtland Cinemas in the Courtland Center mall in Burton where all seats are $2.