Oak Theatre

Maple Street,
Manistique, MI 49854

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Originally the Manistique Opera House, it was converted into a movie theatre in 1908 and renamed Gero Theatre. In 1942 it was renamed Oak Theatre. The Oak Theatre was closed in November 1970.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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dmueller on April 12, 2008 at 1:16 pm

This was the only cinema in Manistique when I attended back in the early 50s. It was a nice wood theatre, painted white. My girlfrieds, mother and grandmother and I used to go quite regularly.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

The July 24, 1956, issue of The Escanaba Daily Press had an article about Manistique’s theaters, and is says that the Oak Theatre was located on Maple Street. The Cedar Theatre, somewhat more reasonably, was located on Cedar Street. I don’t have an address, but I suspect that the Oak Theatre was located at or very near the corner of Oak Street, which is the only way the name would make sense.

The article also says that, until 1942, when it was bought by Mr. and Mrs. J. L. LeDuc, who had bought the Cedar Theatre in 1937, the Oak Theatre had been called the Gero Theatre.

The November 1, 1934, issue of the same paper said that Benjamin Gero had bought the Manistique Opera House in 1908, and had converted it into a full-time movie house in 1916, renaming it the Gero Theatre that year.

This page has a photo of the auditorium of the opera house and a photo of the exterior after it became the Gero Theatre.

An article in the February 22, 1972, issue of the Daily Press said that the town had been without an indoor theater since the Oak had closed in November, 1970. I haven’t been able to discover what became of the Oak Theatre’s building, but I suspect that it has been demolished. There’s nothing resembling it on Maple Street in Google street view.

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