1130 Wealthy Street SE,
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Beginning life on April 23, 1911 as the Pastime Vaudette, this neighborhood theatre served as a vaudeville house but soon dropped live acts in favor of movies. During World War I the theater served as a warehouse for the Michigan Warehouse company, reopening in 1920 with it’s current name of Wealthy Theatre.
The theater received a significant renovation in 1934, begining 39 years of business before it was closed in 1973. At that point the lobby was connected to an adjacent restaurant and the theatre fell into disrepair. The City of Grand Rapids slated the Wealthy for demolition when, in 1987, a group of concerned citizens mobilized to save the theatre.
After ten years of struggle and hard work on the part of volunteers, the theatre received her grand re-opening in September of 1999.
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