Ideal Theatre

607 N. McEwan Street,
Clare, MI 48617

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Ideal Theatre, Clare, MI

Opened on August 6, 1930, the Ideal Theatre was likely one of the first constructed for the purpose of showing talking pictures. It’s spectacular neon marquee is a wonderful sight along McEwan Street.

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kencmcintyre on September 11, 2007 at 12:08 am

The Ideal was part of the Olson Circuit in the early sixties. Owner was N. James Olson. At that time, this circuit also ran theaters in Gaylord, Houghton Lake, Rosebush and West Branch, MI.

kencmcintyre on September 14, 2007 at 9:20 pm

By 1981, the Ideal had been sold to Willard Koch of Clare, MI.

kencmcintyre on March 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Here is another photo of the marquee:

SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

Theatre Historical Society will be visiting this theater during our 2011 Conclave – “The Michigan Roads Less Traveled” June 21-25. See the website for details

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