Family Theater

132 Newman Street,
East Tawas, MI 48730

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FAMILY Theatre; East Tawas, Michigan.

The Family Theater recently split its 400-seat auditorium into two theaters. The twinning cost around $200,000 and took approximately three weeks to complete. The conversion reduced the total number of seats from 400 to 340, but increased the number of films the theater can show. The 70-year-old theater will also be forced to cover up its beloved Jungle Book mural in order to install a new sound system.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Ed Collins
Ed Collins on September 3, 2004 at 1:13 am

I was born in 1961 and lived in the tiny town of East Tawas from 1968 thru 1976. I have many fond memories watching Saturday matinees at this theatre, when I was a kid. “The Castaway Cowboy” (1974) starring James Garner, “The Shakiest Gun in the West” (1968) starring Don Knotts, and Jaws (1976) are three movies that immediately come to mind. The last movie I saw here was “Love At First Bite” in 1979, when I came back to Tawas for a visit.

I’m glad to see the theatre is still open.

kencmcintyre on December 7, 2007 at 7:46 pm

Not anymore. I’m off to Hawaii tomorrow for a week. No work and no computers.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm

From the 1960s a photo postcard view of the Family Theater in East Tawas.

TenPoundHammer on April 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Still a pleasant first-run theater. The lobby is very cramped and the two auditoriums are rather small, but it has a “community” feel.

I have vague memories of seeing Titanic here in 1997 and not liking it. At the time, the complex indeed had Jungle Book (Disney) paintings on the walls, and rustic decor in the lobby.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Did you not like the Movie or the presentation at the theatre, ten poundhammer ?

TenPoundHammer on May 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm

It was the movie I didn’t like. I was 10 in 1997, so I had no interest in very long movies, much less once about romance.

I’ve been here a couple more times since they twinned it. As I said, both theaters are VERY tiny â€" it must be about 12 seats wide in either one, plus a bench in the back of each auditorium. We usually watch from the bench.

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