Alpine Four Theatre

3219 Alpine Avenue Northwest,
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

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Coate on April 13, 2016 at 1:42 am

As cited in my retrospective article, “The Game Changer”, the Alpine (then a twin) held the longest-running engagement of “Jaws.”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

thanks Cwalczak,Sure sounded like a rag tag operation.

CSWalczak on February 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I know how the description sounds, but believe it or not, it was a high quality experience at the beginning. Jack Loeks might have always had one eye on the bottom line, but his theaters were, at least most of the time I went to them in Michigan, well-run and clean theaters with good projection and sound. After he sold out to Loew’s-Cineplex (which soon after merged with AMC), many of Loek’s former theaters declined considerably.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm

A manager started the movies and a concession stand girl handled the Box office and serving popcorn,and this a “classy” theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2009 at 5:04 am

A page of Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of October 25, 1971, was devoted to the Alpine Twin Theatre (its original name.) There were a few pictures of the theater. The twin auditoriums each had 325 seats in a continental arrangement. The side walls were curtained, and the back walls were faced with acoustic tile. The project was designed by Mel Glatz Associates.

shany94 on March 12, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Thanks, Amy. I think I read that the KMart on that side of Alpine is now history, too

AmyZ on February 16, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Man, I can remember seeing so many movies here as a kid. It was only a dollar for the longest time, but did increase to two at the end. My mom would take us, and we would get candy at the K-Mart next door and sneak it in…

@Shanahan-it’s nothing now. There’s a big box strip mall there now. Remember the restaurant next door? (The Clock) That had a great old 50’s sign in front, and it, too is gone.

BelteshazzarMouse on February 1, 2009 at 11:59 am

This used to be the Alpine Twin, until Loek’s theaters moved in across the street and against Jack’s wishes. (I really miss Jack Loeks running the theaters. He was a great guy.)

When it became the Alpine Four, I remember that the idea was to show older and special run movies. Unfortunately, it could not compete witht the big theater across the street.

This is the theater we “graduated” to when we were old enough to be trusted outside the drive-in. I saw a lot of movies in this great theater.

shany94 on June 28, 2007 at 2:05 am

The only film I ever saw here was “Titanic” – I remember thinking it was a small but nice theater, even though I marveled at how many seats there were in just the one auditorium. I’m sorry to hear it no longer exists – what stands there now?

Greattastic on May 16, 2005 at 11:10 pm

This is sad to hear, I only went to the theatre once (me being a resident of southeast MI), to see Star Wars:Episode I, but it was an experience I’ll never forget. The theatre was fantastic, and an artifact from a time long past, when Michigan was a fantastic place to live.