Walking Memory Lane: The lost theaters of Jackson, MI

posted by CSWalczak on March 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

JACKSON, MI — For a town the size of Jackson, a look back at its cinema history reveals that it once had a significant number of theaters. A recent article looks back at them with a special focus on the lost Capitol Theatre.

It stung when The Capitol closed in 1973, but the article and their memory of that night out spurred the Ahronheim brothers to try and save the building two years later when it was purchased by Jackson County and slated for demolition to create a parking lot for employees at the Tower Building next door.

Though they were unsuccessful and the building came down in September 1975, the brothers rallied about 40 people in the Save the Capitol Theatre Committee, which wanted to preserve the building as an arts and cultural center. One of the members was Jackson’s Gerry Blanchard, a director, drama teacher and active member of the Jackson Civic Theater, Clark Lake Players and Rosier Players.

The article, from MLive is here.

Theaters in this post

Comments (3)

Patsy on April 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm

It would be interesting to chat with the Chuck Ahronheim who is mentioned in the MLive article. Even though Chuck and a brother failed in their attempt to save the Capitol their efforts are to be applauded!

Patsy on April 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I have posted the MLive article on the Capitol link and hope to contact Charles Ahronheim. Many of the theatres listed in the MLive article aren’t included on CT such as the Rex.

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