Main Theatre

64 E. Chicago Street,
Coldwater, MI 49036

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Main Theatre

The Main Theatre in Coldwater, Michigan was opened in 1942. 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-1980’s or early-1990’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 was closed in 1999. It now serves as a women’s physical fitness center.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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kencmcintyre on May 16, 2007 at 9:53 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 12:10 pm

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 on May 12, 2011 at 9:51 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.

TomMc11 on June 8, 2018 at 9:14 pm

Google Street view from August of 2015 shows the marquee still there, but the bulbs, the word MAIN and the place to hold the letters are now gone, and some damage has exposed the light bulbs on one side.

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