Portland Playhouse

231 Maple Street,
Portland, MI 48875

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The former Sun Theatre, located on Maple Street near Academy Street in downtown Portland, Michigan today serves as the Portland Playhouse, a venue for live theater.

Any additional information on the Sun/Playhouse would be appreciated.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm

In 1969, Portland produced a book for its centennial. The town’s web site has a page listing the sponsors of the book, including the “Sun Theater, Operated by Kortes Family since 1929.” I’m not sure the building dates from 1929, though. It looks like it would date from the late 1930s or the 1940s. It might have been remodeled, or could have been an entirely new building replacing an earlier Sun Theatre.

The Kortes family’s Sun Theatre Company also operated houses called the Sun in Grand Lodge, Plainwell and Vicksburg, as well as the Otsego Theatre in Otsego, the 131 Drive-In at Plainwell, the Skyway Drive-In at Hubbard Lake, and the Star Theatre at Rockford.

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