Michigan Theatre

124 N. Mechanic Street,
Jackson, MI 49201

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Missy_Mac on June 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

My Grandfather, Wirt S. McLaren opened the Michigan Theatre on April 30, 1930, where he was the manager for several years. I have the original newspaper clippings from that day. He also owned the Capitol Theatre in Jackson, MI as well as many other theatres in and around the Jackson area.

spectrum on November 25, 2010 at 4:28 am

The photos look great! Very ornate auditorium which looks like it’s been restored to the original color scheme

Twistr54 on September 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm

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This link will take you to photos of the Michigan Theatre.

Patsy on January 31, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Love this theatre’s marquees!

Patsy on July 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Lost: Another great photo of a great theatre in Michigan!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 10, 2008 at 3:09 pm

A nice July 2008 photo of the Michigan Theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Michigan Theater website. Click on “Theatre Tour” on the left side of the page.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 12, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Here is a more recent photo of the Michigan Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 5, 2007 at 5:09 pm

This is another recent photo of the Michigan Theater.

Patsy on January 5, 2007 at 12:31 am

Once again, this theatre is a wonderful example of a small town theatre that has been saved, preserved and cherished as this cinema is truly a ‘treasure’. I hope the citizens of Jackson MI realize this fact!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 5, 2007 at 12:25 am

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1980

Michigan Theater ** (added 1980 – Building – #80001874)
124 N. Mechanic St., Jackson
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Finkel,Maurice
Architectural Style: Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Area of Significance: Performing Arts, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Patsy on October 27, 2006 at 5:43 pm

Well, I’m honored that you posted them “just for me”. Thank you kind friend and if I ever get back to the State of MI I will most definitely check out this hometown ‘cinema treasure’!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 27, 2006 at 4:24 pm

I posted those photos just for you. ;) For a change, I found some interior photos. Most of the photos that I find are of the exterior.

Patsy on October 27, 2006 at 3:16 pm

Lost Memory: Once again, thank you for the Michigan Theater photos. This theatre is absolutely beautiful and I regret not seeing this theatre, in person, when I was a student at Adrian College in nearby Adrian, MI.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 27, 2006 at 3:02 pm

This link has some recent photos of the Michigan Theater including interior photos. Click each photo to expand it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 14, 2006 at 12:10 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Michigan Theater.

Patsy on March 23, 2006 at 4:44 pm

ERD: Thanks for agreeing with me and hopefully in the near future we’ll see some interior photos. I know that CT member, Lost Memory has posted numerous theatre photos and maybe LM will be able to discover some photos!

ERD on March 23, 2006 at 2:02 pm

I agree with Patsy, it would be nice to see some interior photographs of the auditorium and lobby. It is wonderful to know that the Michigan theatre is being restored with such devotion.

Patsy on March 22, 2006 at 11:48 pm

Congratulations to the folks of Jackson MI for realizing the importance of preserving their hometown theatre, the MICHIGAN!

Patsy on March 22, 2006 at 11:44 pm

Chuck: Great color photo. This theatre has a very narrow facade! An interior photo would be interesting to view and the marquees are beautiful…they look to be recently restored.

HenryBAldridge on August 24, 2004 at 1:49 pm

The Michigan Theater in Jackson was designed by Maurice Finkel as was the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

mikemarshall on January 9, 2003 at 4:16 am

If you have never been here, GO. One of the best secrets in Jackson. I saw Lord of the Rings there, its worth the wait to see it in such a fantastic place.

gflinn on January 20, 2002 at 5:39 pm

The Michigan Theatre in Jackson MI was originally operated by W.S. Butterfield Theatres.