Ironwood Theatre

109 E. Aurora Street,
Ironwood, MI 49938

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Ironwood Theatre

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The Ironwood Theatre opened in 1928 as a vaudeville and movie house. It later switched to movies-only and closed in 1982.

The theater was donated to the City of Ironwood and was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1985.

The theater has been undergoing a long renovation and restoration effort that continues to this day.

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Patsy
Patsy on February 18, 2005 at 4:12 pm

“The theater has been undergoing a long renovation and restoration effort that continues to this day.” This is a quote we all like to read!

JimFles
JimFles on November 5, 2005 at 1:57 pm

This is a wonderful theater to visit. The people are eager to show off there wonderful theater. It still has it’s
barton organ in good voice!!!

dpepin
dpepin on July 18, 2006 at 8:44 am

This theatre is alive and well. It is used regularly for concerts, stage productions and occasionally, for meetings.

The renovations are practically done and the theatre is beautiful!

The Barton Theatre Organ (affectionaly knows at the “Grand Old Lady of the Ironwood Theatre”) has also been undergoing restoration at the hands of volunteers guided by professional pipe organ technicians. Over the past seven summers work has brought the 2-manual, 7 rank instrument back to its glory. The instument is 100% orginial and is completely playable. Late in the winter of 2006, the console will be disconnected and shipped out for a complete restoration of it’s own. During the time, the orginal organ lift will be worked on, refurbished and restored as well.

Come and see our wonderful theatre and visit us and hear the “Grand Old Lady” sing!

atmos
atmos on November 12, 2006 at 12:32 am

The style is listed as Moorish/Italian Renaissance and the architect is Albert Nelson.

Johno
Johno on April 3, 2007 at 2:12 pm

The Ironwood Theater’s 2/7 Opus 145 Barton Theater Organ in 2002 became the 42nd inductee into the American Theater Organ Society’s National Registry of Historic and Significant Instruments. The only inductee that year. Since then 12 more theater organs have been added to the registry.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 26, 2007 at 10:05 am

Here is a 1955 ad from the Ironwood Daily Globe:
http://tinyurl.com/366wsb

dpepin
dpepin on November 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm

The website listed above is incorrect. The actual website for this beautiful theatre is: http://ironwoodtheatre.net/

dpepin
dpepin on August 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm

The long awaited restoration of the Barton Organ Console was done this past year. After an almost year-long restoration, the console was reinstalled in the Ironwood Theatre during June of 2010. A series of concerts/silent movies is planned for mid-September. Carlton Smith Pipe Organs of Indianapolis, IN did a fantastic job! The organ is completely playable/functional and sits on it’s own original Barton Theatre Organ Lift. It is one of six Barton Organs playing in their original installations. It is small, only 2 manuals and 7 ranks of pipes, but it really fills the theatre with a vibrant and glorious sound! Come and hear the Grand Old Lady sign once again!

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