Gladmer Theatre

231 N. Washington Avenue,
Lansing, MI 48933

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GLADMER Theatre; Lansing, Michigan.

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The Gladmer Theatre was opened by 1915. Operated by Butterfield Theaters chain, it was still open in the mid-1960’s.

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Coate on April 10, 2007 at 4:15 pm

CWalczak offered a fine explanation of the “roadshow” concept. However, if you had clicked on the link I provided in my post above yours and taken a moment to read the article (the intro at least; the list is awfully long) you might not have had to ask your “dumb” question. In other words, the roadshow concept is explained in the article, and now I’m left feeling dumb for having wasted my time (1) researching & writing the article, and (2) for bothering to post here on Cinema Treasures.

Scott on April 11, 2007 at 8:08 am

CWalczak – thanks for explaining what a roadshow was. That was very helpful and I appreciate the time you took to educate me.

Michael Coate – thanks for your mean-spirited response. How was I to know your wonderful article explained the roadshow presentation? Couldn’t you have simply pointed me to it without being insulting? But then, I suppose insults are a way of life on this site.

lyons4bill on April 11, 2007 at 9:25 am

Second try; if you’re over 60 and around Lansing as a teen, can you help locate the Epicure Restaurant for me. I’m pretty sure it was in the 2nd block of No. Washington, and south of the Gladmer Theater.
Thanks in advance. Bill Lyons

noackbill on September 10, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Does anyone remember the Plaza Theatre in Lansing? It was located about a block south of the Gladmer on N. Washington Street. In the late 40s and 50s it was somewhat rundown and showed mostly B-westerns and serials. —Billy Boy on April 21, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Bill Lyons, the “Epicure Tea Shop” is listed at 221 N. Washington Ave. in the 1945 through 1966 Lansing City Directories. It may have been listed there before 1945 also, I don’t have those books handy.

CSWalczak on April 8, 2009 at 2:28 am

1982 picture of the Gladmer after it closed:
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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 1, 2010 at 12:40 am

From the early 1940s a postcard view of the Gladmer Theatre in Lansing.

Hibblen on April 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

I was raised in the Gladmer theatre practically from birth until 1971 when my father George Hibblen, the projectionist there passed away.He also worked the Michigan downtown when Mr Butterfield needed him.Alot of memories running around in there, backstage, all of the knooks and crannies were explore.The projection booth was pretty cool too.George Hibblen was a great guy!:)Patti

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Volume 4 of Charles Moore’s 1915 “History of Michigan” has a biography of architect Fuller Claflin, and names six theaters in Michigan that he designed, the Gladmer among them. This had to have been the remodeling that took place about 1910, as the original architect of Buck’s Opera House (opened May, in 1873) was E.E. Myers. I’ve been unable to discover who was the architect for the late 1930s remodeling.

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