Ideal Theatre

607 N. McEwan Street,
Clare, MI 48617

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Ideal Theatre, Clare, MI - auditorium

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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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 1, 2006 at 6:33 am

A more recent photo of the Ideal theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2006 at 7:11 am

This is another recent photo of the Ideal Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 30, 2007 at 6:55 am

This is a photo of the Ideal Theater marquee at night.

kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 9:08 pm

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 6:20 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 7, 2008 at 4:19 pm

More photos of the Ideal are here.

kencmcintyre on March 24, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Here is another photo of the marquee:

SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 7:47 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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