Ionia Theatre

205 W. Main Street,
Ionia, MI 48846

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Ionia Theatre exterior

The Ionia Theatre opened around 1931. It was operated by the W.S. Butterfield chain and was closed in the late-1970’s.

Rescued and restored in 1984, the Ionia Theatre is now owned by the city of Ionia, and is now a twin screen theater. In addition to showing first run movies, there are monthly bluegrass festivals and live musical concerts.

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kencmcintyre on July 13, 2006 at 5:51 pm

Here is an interesting website with information on the Ionia:

SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Theatre Historical Society will be visiting this theater during our 2011 Conclave – “The Michigan Roads Less Traveled” June 21-25. See the website for details

JoeCamfield on October 22, 2017 at 8:15 am

The Ionia Theater remained open under Butterfield ownership until it was sold to the city under the auspices of the Ionia Theater Association and the Downtown Development Authority in the spring of 1985. For the last few years under Butterfield the theatre ran seasonally due to failure of the heating system. The Theater was never operated by Goodrich Quality Theaters, Goodrich ran the Drive-in located south of Town for a few years, nor was the theater ever known as Cinema3, Cinema4 or the Bijou Cinema, the latter may have been an older theater that once operated a block or so west on Main Street.

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