State Cinemas

206 N. Second Avenue,
Alpena, MI 49707

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Scott
Scott on November 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm

This was known at the Maltz Theatre in the 1940s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

The Maltz Opera House was built in 1876. This book, a history of Alpena published in 1891, has both a brief biography of George Maltz and a short article about the opera house, with a drawing.

Julius Cahn’s Theatrical Guide lists the Maltz Opera House as a second-floor theater seating either 880 or 900, but in the interior photo linked above by Lost Memory the auditorium doesn’t look at all like something from the late 19th century, so there must have been extensive alterations to the theater at some point, probably in the 1920s-1930s judging from the decor. Most likely the original auditorium was demolished and a new, ground floor auditorium built.

The current facade, though of a similar architectural style to the original, shows numerous differences as well, including a substantially different pattern of fenestration (now bricked up) on the upper floors. It’s unlikely that much remains of the original Maltz Opera House, other than parts of the walls.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

1983 Marquee nice looking.would put the G rating down lower,but that is just me,Great Movie.real animation,no computers.

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