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As I remember the Garden theater only ‘art’ films were shown there in 50’s. I remember films such as “the moon is blue” and “the five thousand fingers of Dr. T”.
The lobby was on the smallish side and had a plush feel to it.
This was THE movie to take your date for that big saturday night date during the mid 1950s. I remember that the first moving I saw there was “House of wax” in 3-D during the summer of 1953. It was
such a beautiful building both inside and out.
I worked part time at the Michigan for a year during 1953/1954. I worked as an usher/ticket taker/concession stand popcorn seller. I think I was paid .95 per hour for mostly saturday and sunday with a few weeknights.
I remember the saturday afternoon kiddy shows where several hundred kids spent more time throwing popcorn at each other and the screen than watching the movie.
I believe the theater was used for stage shows in the 1930s and 1940s because there was a tunnel that ran from the lobby basement to the back stage area so actors could get to that area during a show.
We had to wear uniforms when we working as ushers with short jackets, white shirts and black bow ties. And of course the flashlight to shine the couples setting in the back row to break up the necking.