Main Theatre

64 East Chicago Street,
Coldwater, MI 49036

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The Main Theatre in Coldwater, Michigan closed in 1999. I could not determine its opening date, but the building always appeared to me to date perhaps to the late 1940’s or early 1950’s. It may have been built to serve local moviegoers when the Tibbits Opera House, located a few blocks away, ceased operations as a movie theater around that time.

Its architecture is not distinguished, just a simple concrete-block building with a brick facade wth small storefronts left and right of the entrance. Its interior was very nondescript.

It was triplexed in the late 80’s or early 90’s in an attempt to survive the dymamics of the marketplace, but the opening of a new multiplex in the ever-growing commercial area at the junction of I-69 and Chicago Street (US-12) sealed its demise. It now serves as a women’s physical fitness center.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 16, 2007 at 1:53 pm

There is a photo of the theater just before its closure on the other web site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 18, 2010 at 4:10 am

Boxoffice indicates a late 1941 or early 1942 opening for the Main Theatre. The issue of January 31, 1942, has this item datelined Coldwater, Michigan: “The new Main, owned by Robert H. Moore and William J. Schulte, has opened here. The old Crystal, owned and managed by Moore, has been closed. Moore will manage the new house.”

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

This theater closed MUCH later than 1980; I was living in Quincy, just down the road from Coldwater, right up to 1985 and revisited the area frequently afterwards for many years, and it did fairly well almost up to the end. It closed almost twenty years later; its closing coincided with the opening of the seven-screen multiplex on the edge of town which occured in 1999.

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