214 S. Front Street,
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The Dowagiac Theatre was gutted by a $100,000 fire on November 22, 1977. The News-Palladium, which published a photo of the fire, noted that it was constructed in the mid-1940’s after being destroyed by fire during World War II.
Sanborn Maps show a theatre was built at this location between 1931 and 1933, nearly across the street from the Century Theatre.
According to Motion Picture Herald, August 14, 1946, Paul Caruso had opened the 400-seat Caruso Theater featuring a crying room. In 1963 it was still called the Caruso Theatre. In 1971 it was operated by Donald White, who opened the new Southtown Twin in St. Joseph in July. On November 23, 1977 the Dowagiac Theatre was gutted by a fire.
The old postcard of Front Street shows the Caruso Theatre marquee with Lamour & Hope in “My Favorite Brunette” (1947) and the “The Blue Dahlia” (1946).
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