Star Theatre

118 East Washington Street,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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The Star Theatre was the site of a student riot on March 16, 1908. The riot caused an estimated $2,500 in damages to the building. One story claims that the Star Theatre never opened again. Another reports that the Star Theatre was repaired and operated until 1919.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2011 at 7:11 pm

The edition of “Street’s Pandex of the News” covering events of 1908 listed the following items about the riot at the Star Theatre:[quote]“ â€"Theater (The Star) raided by students because of ejection of student for giving university yell; police attempt intervention but are overpowered; militia summoned. March 16

“â€"Theater riot; arrested students taken thru streets shackled, to court; several released on ball others released on payment of small fines, and others held for trial. March 17

“â€"Arrest of two more students follows attempted theft of cuspidor from hotel; students plead guilty of intoxication. March 18

“â€"Theater riot; release of students petitioned for by business men and others of city on condition of payment of damages and city costs by students. March 21

“â€"Theater riot; trial of rioters begins, president and dean of faculty being among witnesses. March 23

“â€"Theater riot: Student C. R. Rook bound over on $1,000 for trial.
March 26

“â€"Theater riot; fifteen students bound over for trial, under ball of $1,000 each. March 27

“â€"Theater riot; students freed by court upon agreement to pay costs to county and $1,000 indemnity to persons whose property was damaged. May 8”[/quote]

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