Gold Front Theater

417 North Main Street,
Cheboygan, MI 49721

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The former Gold Front Theater is now a bar.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Several issues of Boxoffice from 1950 mention the opening of the Gold Front Theatre. The Bowling Alley was apparently pre-existing. A couple of the Boxoffice items say that the theater was “…built over the Gold Front bowling alleys….” The building in the photos does look too old to have been built in 1950, so the theater was probably located in converted retail space. The house opened in June. Boxoffice gives the seating capacity as 780 in some items and 888 in another.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2010 at 8:13 am

The 1916 Cheboygan City Directory lists the Liberty Theatre at 417 N. Main Street. I’ve been unable to determine if the same building that the Liberty occupied survived to house the Gold Front, or if it was replaced sometime during the decades between 1916 and 1950. As I said above it doesn’t look like a 1950 vintage building. Perhaps it was a theater converted to retail space and then back into a theater.

I’m pretty sure I’ve accounted for all the theaters operating in Cheboygan during the 1940s, and none were at this location. Missing from Cinema Treasures as of today are the Silver Theatre, closed in 1956, and the Ritz, opened in 1938 and still operating at lest as late as 1956.

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