Stocking Avenue Theatre

634 Stocking Avenue NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Stocking Avenue Theater

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Opened as the Brown’s Stocking Avenue Theatre in 1916, it was later renamed the Stocking Avenue Theatre. This was an independent theatre with seating listed at 612. Independent Theatre Exhibitor Services did the booking for this theatre.

The Stocking Avenue Theatre closed in the 1950’s and in now in use as a banquet hall. Any further information on this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

It still shows up as the guest house in the map photo. Has it been demolished since that photo was taken?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

A web search for “Marc Stewart’s Guest House” indicates that it is not a B&B but a catering/banquet hall and that weddings, fund raisers, jazz brunches, etc. are and have have been held there. It suggests that the theater was converted for this purpose.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm

It probably shouldn’t say in the intro that the theater is gone. That’s what I was confused about.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

Brown’s Stocking Avenue Theatre is listed at this address in the 1922 Grand Rapids City Directory.

Mmilanow
Mmilanow on February 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm

The theatre ran a radio show in the early to mid 30’s. I guess one could come in and sing in front of a studio audience. My mom woulld often sing and receive free tickets to the theatre as payment. That was a treat as not too many people had money in those hard times. Butternut bread was the sponsor and participants would get a miniature loaf of bread as an added incentive for singing. My mom loved to sing, and I guess she was quite good. She told me that young girls would often sing for free tickets. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes were tickets. The higher places received more tickets. No money was given out.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2012 at 5:00 am

A brief biography of Edward N. Brown,original owner of Brown’s Stocking Avenue Theatre, says that he built the house in 1916. Earlier, he had been one of the original partners in the Alcazar Theatre, and had then opened the Fulton Theatre.

aquamanirrigation
aquamanirrigation on March 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I have a 12" ruler from Brown’s Stocking Ave. Theatre On the front it also has “We (Always) Have the Best in Photoplays” and on the back it has “Cor. Stocking Ave. and Fourth St. and another line that has "The Home of the $30,000 Page Grande Pipe Organ”

Whit1
Whit1 on September 21, 2013 at 2:12 am

The comment above about the Stocking Theater closing in 1950 is incorrect. It was open, as a theater, at least into the mid 1950s. We went to the Stocking often when we lived at 309 Third St. in the 1950s.

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