Grand movie palaces of Northern Michigan

The handsome “Bay Theatre” in Suttons Bay (opened 1946)

The soon to be restored Boyne Theatre in Boyne City (opened 1906)

Frankfort’s “Garden” spot for movies (opened in 1923)

Beautiful Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City – the building was once a museum (built in the 1930s – converted to a theater in 2013)

Traverse City’s impressive State Theatre at night [opened in 1949 – replaced the Lyric Theater (1916) which had been destroyed by fire]

The “Ideal” place to see movies in Clare (opened in 1930)

The magnificent Vogue Theatre in Manistee (opened in 1938)

The lights of Broadway in Mt. Pleasant are being lovingly restored (opened in 1929)

The Strand Theatre – a playhouse in Alma – date unknown

Former Ward Theatre in downtown Mt. Pleasant (opened in 1937) – now a church

A real “Gem” of a movie theatre in St. Louis, MI – now a Blues music/festival venue (date unknown)

Elk Rapids Theatre (opened in 1940) – originally named the State – Source:

Grayling’s beautiful Rialto (opened 1915) – Source:

The State Theatre(s) in Alpena – Source: –  originally was the Maltz Opera House                                                                           (First opened 1883. After a fire, it was converted to a theatre in 1925)

Family Theater in East Tawas – Source: (opened in 1934)

Lake Theater in Oscoda – Source: (opened in 1948)

Kingston Theater in Cheboygan – Source: (opened in 1920)

West Branch Cinema 3 – Source: (date unknown)

Rogers Theater in Rogers City – Source: (opened in 1937)


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