Boyne Theater

216 South Lake Street,
Boyne City, MI 49712

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My parents owned this theater in the late-1960’s for a decade. I have such wonderful memories of the colors and smells of the theater. My sister and I had special seats in the beautiful balcony.

I know the theater ran in the early days of cinema, and we inherited many fabulous antique movie posters from it.

Original marquee remains there, still. Some rebuilding has taken place in the box office.

Contributed by Lisandrea Wentland

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Adrea
Adrea on January 26, 2004 at 7:42 am

Ms. Wentland, I’m interested in possibly doing a documentary on the theater in Boyne and I was hoping to get in contact with you about this. If anyone else has info on the theater, feel free to contact me as well. Thanks!

Adrea Korthase

Britarchivist
Britarchivist on February 6, 2007 at 12:28 pm

Is this the theatre that was owned by Harry Burkhart quite a while ago?

DonFoshey
DonFoshey on June 19, 2008 at 11:36 am

I was just in Boyne City the other day (a really nice little city) and was glad to see this theatre still there (albeit altered internally). It appears that the balcony level and the upper portion of the building now have some sort of night/supper club and another club (or another level of the same club) occupies the theatre proper. I hope they retained (or at least covered over) whatever decoration existed prior, but it is a pleasure to see that they didn’t level the building like so many others have.

sharyn
sharyn on January 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Lisa!!!
I know you and your sister!!!
Also know your special balcony seats! Your Mother was a friend of mine! Frequently, I would visit her in the box office while she worked! Somewhere, I do have photos of you and your sister waiting for Santa at the Boyne Depot with my sons,Shayne and Lon. Also, have a photo of you sitting on my horse – at your house! 50 yrs ago, I sold popcorn at your theater when Boyd Heaton owned it. He never knew how young I was and I never told him, since I needed to earn spending money! Popcorn was 10cents a bag! Long time ago! Old days!

Toriigate
Toriigate on August 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

The Boyne Theater has been recently acquired by Boyne City Main Street, a downtown development group, and is currently undergoing renovations.

patrickinpetoskey
patrickinpetoskey on July 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Lisa, What a wonderful surprise to see your name on this site! Had to join just to say that you girls (and your folks) are very fondly remembered by your former neighbors down on Front Street as well. My brother, Mike, and your dad remained very good friends even after his move south. I too remember your seats in the balcony and taking trips with you and your mom down to visit the nesting swans in front of our houses. I got to see a LOT of movies growing up, thanks to your dad and my brother (who ran the projectors for him). Hard to believe it was so many years ago. Hope that this finds both of you girls well and happy!

patrickinpetoskey
patrickinpetoskey on July 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

On a more historic note… Charles I. Bellamy, who built the original theater building and opened it as the Bellamy Opera House, was also a stockholder in what is now the Wolverine-Dilworth Hotel. In researching information for the hotel’s history, I have been able to compile a rather detailed biography of Mr. Bellamy as well as his sister (who took over the business after his death in 1925). If this information would be useful to anyone, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Happy to share and exchange.

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