Owego Theatre

State Street,
Mancelona, MI 49659

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Owego Theatre

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The Owego Theatre was already operating in 1912. The Owego Theatre is listed in the 1957 Film Daily Yearbook with 246 seats.

Contributed by Ridgewood Ken

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Could the Owego Theatre have been the same house that is listed at Water Winter Wonderand as the Lona Theatre? It’s the only theater the site has listed for Mancelona. Various comments say that the Lona Theatre burned down in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

Irene Wildfong operated the Lona Theatre in the 1960s and early 1970s, according to her obituary. If the Owego was still listed in FDY in 1957, it seems likely that it became the Lona. An entirely new theater being opened in so small a town after 1957 would not be impossible, but it would be extremely unlikely.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

Ken, one comment on the Water Winter Wonderland page for the Lona Theatre does say that in its last years the Lona operated as the Family Theatre. Some of the commenters remember the Lona, but none mention the Owego. Some also note that the building in the photo on the page was not the Lona Theatre. I am wondering if the Owego could have been in that building?

Whoever uploaded the photo to Water Winter Wonderland might have been told that the building had once housed a theater, and the uploader could have assumed that it was the Lona, being unaware of the town’s earlier movie house. If the Owego closed about the time the Lona opened, then there would be very few people around who would still remember it, and probably very few of them would have Internet.

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