Center Theatre

240 Monroe Street NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Center Theatre

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Opened by 1916 as the Isis Theatre, later became the Center Theatre. Seating was listed at 872. This theatre was part of the Butterfield Theatre Chain.

The Center Theatre closed in 1955 and was later demolished. The site where the theatre once stood is now part of the Devos Place Convention & Performance Center. Any further information on the Center Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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JAlex
JAlex on April 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Theatre opened as the Isis in 1916. Original policy was pictures and vaudeville.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

The 1922 Grand Rapids City Directory lists the theater at 240 Monroe Avenue as the Iris Theatre, rather than the Isis. I don’t know if that was a typo or not. I’ve been unable to find any other references to either an Isis or an Iris Theatre in Grand Rapids.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 2, 2011 at 7:13 am

An Isis Theatre is listed in the 1916 Grand Rapids City Directory, but its address is given as 250-242 Monroe. The 250 was probably a typo. The name Iris in the 1922 directory was most likely a typo as well.

elvelaw
elvelaw on May 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I hope this link to a GR Public Museum picture of the Isis Theatre works (no spaces):

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-01_407fvU3o/T32JxbLjEmI/AAAAAAAAWMk/Zaw7tnBSel0/s534/0000770.jpg

If not, it can be found in the Alex Forist collection, File Name: 0000770.jpg

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