Spartan Twin

Frandor Shopping Center, 3131 E. Michigan Avenue,
Lansing, MI 48912

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 13, 2010 at 6:35 am

The exact opening date for the Spartan Twin was October 11, 1967, according to an item in Boxoffice of October 30. Operator Fox Eastern Theatres was a subsidiary of National General Corporation. The Spartan East originally seated 1,000, and the Spartan West 650.

The larger auditorium was slated to show first-run fare, opening with “A Rough Night in Jericho,” while the smaller Spartan West would be used for road shows, and opened with “The Taming of the Shrew.” The star-studded opening of the Spartan Twin was studded solely by actor Chill Wills. There’s no word on whether Lansing has yet recovered from the excitement. Chill Wills survived for another eleven years.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm

This theater should be identified as the Spartan 3, as it was a triplex in its last years, with Spartan Twin as an aka.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 11, 2009 at 1:12 am

The theater was designed by Drew Eberson.

IsrvChrist
IsrvChrist on October 30, 2006 at 8:18 pm

The actually closing was in Feb. of 1994.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2005 at 3:03 pm

The comments at the Water Winter Wonderland site indicate that one of the auditoriums was split making this theater a triplex. Read about it here.