Tahqua Land Theater

212 Newberry Avenue,
Newberry, MI 49868

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Tahqua Land Theater

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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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Trolleyguy on April 18, 2014 at 9:41 am

According to the website, a Kickstarter campaign was begun in February to raise money for a digital projector.

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.

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