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The new restored Michigan Theatre vertical sign has arrived and is being installed. The planned lighting of the new vertical sign, on the spot where the old vertical removed in 1956 was, is Friday night.
The 1940s postcard photo of the Gladmer reminds me of when I was a student at nearby Michigan State University. All the buildings to the left of the Gladmer were replaced by the Lansing HQ and switching office of Michigan Bell Telephone Company (now SBC Ameritech). So when the Gladmer closed around 1979, it seemed inevitable that the single screen theater would be leveled by the phone company to be replaced by a parking lot.
The Lane in Staten Island was designed by the noted theater architect John Eberson. The 1948/49 Theatre Catalog shows a photo of the Lane.
A parking lot for SBC Ameritech, the telephone company, is on the site of the Gladmer Theatre today.
A photo of the Gladmer Theatre in Lansing as it looked before it was rebuilt in 1939 is at View link
It was operated by W.S. Butterfield Theatres.
When it operated as a theater, it was owned by W.S. Butterfield Theatres. It had a plaque in its lobby in which Col. Butterfield thanked the people of Lansing for their support.
This theater was renamed the Michigan in 1940s.
This theater was designed with a Japanese decor which was covered over after December 7, 1941 for obvious reasons. The original decor has been restored in recent years.
The State Theatre in Ann Arbor MI was designed by C. Howard Crane and first run by W.S. Butterfield Theatres which commissioned architect Louis Wiltse to carve up the single screen into four screens in 1979. After 1984, Kerasotes Theatres took over the theater which closed in 1989. The lower level was converted to retail space and the two screening rooms which used to be the balcony is still used for movies. It is currently run by the nearby Michigan Theatre and the official web site is http://www.michtheater.com/stateth.html
When it was the Capitol Theatre, it was owned and operated by the Famous Players theatre circuit.
It was originally a single screen drive in. The second 38' x 76' screen was assembled in 1986 using parts from a dismantled drive in screen tower, which originally measured 60' x 120', fabricated by Selby Industries. The original wood screen tower was destroyed in a 1997 arson fire and was replaced that year with the remaining parts from the aforementioned screen tower. As a result of the fire, a planned third screen will not be built.
The U.S. 23 Twin Drive-In Theatre was designed by Frank Boomer and was never part of a theater chain. It has been primarily owned by the Warrington family from day one. Its capacity between the two screens is 1,500 cars.
This John Eberson designed theater was originally operated by W.S. Butterfield Theatres.
The Michigan Theatre in Jackson MI was originally operated by W.S. Butterfield Theatres.
The Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor MI was originally operated by W.S. Butterfield Theatres.
Until the theater first closed in 1976, the Capitol Theatre in Flint MI was operated by W.S. Butterfield Theatres.
The postcard depicts the original arch-shaped proscenium arch which lasted until wide-screen movies came along in the 1950s at which point the arch was replaced with a conventional rectangular proscenium arch in the same Spanish mission style of the rest of the auditorium.
The Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor MI recently restored its front facade and replaced the 1950s marquee with one that’s more appropriate for the theater’s restored facade. You can see it on their web site at http://www.michtheater.com/