Bronson Theater

206 E. Chicago Street,
Bronson, MI 49028

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genedale on December 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm

To dafna62, My son-in-law is the grandson of Fred E Pennell, Eugene’s brother. Please contact me at

genedale on November 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Who was E J Pennell? Was he Eugene Jacob Pennell? Eugene is a brother of Fred E Pennell who is supposed to have run a movie theater in Michigan.

Tinseltoes on July 4, 2012 at 7:28 am

Described in this 1949 trade article: boxofficemagazine

dafna62 on February 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm

My Grandfather, Eugene Jacob Pennell, built this theater. The interior was beautiful. It had red velvet curtains and very ornate carpeting. It was used for stage shows as well as motion pictures. My Grandfather would always show a cartoon prior to the movie. The ceiling in the auditorium sparkled as if you were out under the stars at a drive in. Well done, Grandpa!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 16, 2009 at 5:29 pm

This theater is listed in the 1955 Film Daily as the New Bronson Theater with 606 seats. The address given is 204 East Chicago Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm

The October 15, 1949, issue of Boxoffice Magazine published an article about the new Bronson Theatre, with three small photos. The pitched roof in recent photos is an addition. The original facade was pure streamlined Art Moderne. The interiors were also streamlined, with indirect lighting from round ceiling domes in the lobby and one large oval covering the auditorium. There is very little decorative detail visible in the magazine photos, but the carpet was fairly ornate.

The 606 seat Bronson Theatre was the eighth Michigan house to be operated by E.J. Pennell, and was a replacement for the smaller Coliseum Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2007 at 3:47 pm

This is a recent photo of the former Bronson Theater building.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 8, 2007 at 8:02 am

There is another photo of the Bronson Theater at this website. I don’t know how recent that photo is but the theater appears to be open.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 31, 2006 at 7:55 am

This address should work:

206 E Chicago St
Bronson, MI 49028

That is the address for Express Tax that is located in the former Bronson theater. When you map this address on a Google map, it appears that E Chicago St is US-12.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 31, 2006 at 5:59 am

Here is a modern photo of the former Bronson theater.