Tahqua Land Theater

212 Newberry Avenue,
Newberry, MI 49868

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Tahqua Land Theater

The Tahqua Land Theater opened in August of 1930 as the State Theater. It closed in 1969. The theater reopened in August of 1974 and received a renovation over the next three years. In 1997 the theater closed again. After receiving another renovation, the Tahqua Land Theater reopened in 2001 and remains open today.

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moax429 on September 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm

According to an article in the Lansing State Journal on Thursday, September 17, 2015 (it also appeared in their sister paper, the Detroit Free Press, a few days earlier), this theater may be in danger of closing if its owner’s current Go Fund Me campaign fails to raise any money for new digital projection equipment. The Tahqua Land’s owner, Fred Dunkeld, said he had attempted twice to raise funds for the new projectors but was unsuccessful.

The article supplies this e-mail address for anybody wishing to donate to help Mr. Dunkeld purchase the new digital projectors and save the Tahqua Land Theatre:


If the Tahqua Land closes, the article states, all Newberry residents would have to make a long, three-hour trip to Marquette to see any current movies. Hopefully, anyone who read the article, or lives in that small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or cares about small-town theaters like the Tahqua Land, will help Mr. Dunkeld achieve his goal of buying the new equipment and keeping his theater alive.

Perhaps this third time will be the much-needed charm.

Trolleyguy on September 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Actually, it would be a much shorter drive to Sault Ste Marie ON or Mackinaw City for Newberry residents to see a first run movie.

moax429 on October 15, 2015 at 4:02 pm

If you read the Tahqua Land’s page at gofundme.com, you’d have discovered the theater in Sault Sainte Marie is about to close. Also, as of this posting, the Tahqua Land is halfway to their goal, thanks to two $5000 donations from an anonymous donor.

Although I’ve never been to that theater, and I don’t foresee visiting Newberry, Michigan anytime in the near future, I do hope to make a $25 donation within the next month. I strongly believe Fred Dunkeld will reach his goal of $60,000 to keep the Tahqua Land open, and every little bit helps!

Trolleyguy on October 15, 2015 at 4:06 pm

The theater in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan is closed. The theater in Sault Ste Marie ON (Canada) is still open.

Trolleyguy on July 30, 2016 at 3:03 pm

No movie listings on website. Available only on their Facebook page or by phone. (906-293-3372)

moax429 on August 23, 2016 at 2:16 pm

What happened to the Tahqua Land’s Go Fund Me page?

Is the theater closing? I hope not!

Trolleyguy on September 29, 2017 at 8:35 am

Updated website listing: http://www.tahquatheatre.com/ A link will take you to the show times which are on the Newberry Chamber of Commerce website.

StanMalone on September 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

Actually, Newberry is a great place to visit. Located in the heart of the UP of MI, it is close to the falls but much quieter than the Sault Ste Marie area or the tourists in St. Ignace / Mackinac Island. Unfortunately the theater was closed both times I was there.

As for going to SSM Canada, it might be easier to drive to Detroit. Both times I crossed there the border check was more of a hassle and much more time consuming that my experiences crossing into East Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie. Maybe they treat locals better.

Trolleyguy on September 29, 2017 at 10:43 am

Sorry to hear that, Stan. I used that crossing last year and came back through Sarnia as part of our trip. Never had one bit of trouble either time. Many Michiganders commute to jobs in Canada on a daily basis. Maybe you caught a person having a bad day.

StanMalone on September 29, 2017 at 11:47 am

Maybe they saw my Georgia tag and thought I was a gun toting redneck, which I may be in their eyes. However, I know better than to try to take a gun into Canada.

Those are fine pictures in the photo section, especially the one of the old 35MM projector in the lobby. Obviously this place is a labor of love for someone. I hope the theater is still open when I make it up that way again.

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