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Emerald Theatre


Address: 31 N Walnut St
City: Mount Clemens State: MI Zip: Phone: 586-913-1920  
County: Macomb
Notes: AKA: Macomb, Mount Clemens-Macomb, Great Lakes Dinner Theater
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Open: 1921 Closed: 1987 Capacity: 1400    
Owner: Unknown
Web Address: http://www.emeraldtheater.com/default.asp
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 5831
 
 

4/14/2015 - Kim Connell
From Crain's Detroit. Macomb Music Theatre owners file bankruptcy, it may trump receivership Chad Halcom The cost of floor and plaster repair inside the Emerald Theatre was estimated in 2012 at $1 million or more, according to then-new owner Wally Mona. The Macomb Music Theatre in downtown Mt. Clemens, formerly known as the Emerald Theatre, may be out of receivership after about one month, now that its owners have sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Detroit. The 94-year-old theater, owned since 2012 by Wally Mona and Marc Beginin, was placed in receivership Feb.

4 by Oakland County Circuit Judge James Alexander in a lawsuit by Farmington Hills-based Domestic Uniform Rental Inc. But the court-appointed receiver, Paul Nine of Bloomfield Hills-based Paul L. Nine & Associates PC, said that appointment ended when Beginin- and Mona-owned companies M&W Holdings LLC, Macomb Development Group LLC, Macomb Entertainment Group Inc. and Emerald Entertainment Group Inc.

sought voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization this week. The four companies own the theater property and the adjacent former Johnny G’s Bar and Grill along Walnut Street, also acquired about two years ago, along with liquor licenses for both establishments, attorneys said. The bankruptcy stays all proceedings for collection of judgments, and any other matters, and transfers jurisdiction to the federal bankruptcy court. I’m automatically removed, Nine said of the petition.

Technically, I’m nothing in this case right now. There will need to be an unsecured creditors committee, and either a debtor in possession or a trustee appointed. Photo by KENNY CORBIN In 2012: Wally Mona (left), became new owner of the Emerald Theatre, working with broker Joseph Sowerby of Anton Sowerby & Associates to close the deal on the historic building in Mt. Clemens.

Mona had plans to renovate and reopen. The Beginin and Mona companies claim they owe between $500,000 and $1 million to various creditors in the bankruptcy petition documents, including $561,826 on a loan that the owners obtained from Revere Capital LLC in 2013 for working capital to operate Macomb Music Theatre. Revere has assigned its mortgage debt to Caixa Preta LLC, listed as the owners’ largest and most senior creditor. Also holding a loan on the property is Gratiot Manchester Development LLC, Nine said, the company lists Manchester as its second largest creditor at $100,000 in court.

Domestic Uniform obtained a court judgment against Macomb Entertainment and other companies for about $40,000 last year, attorneys said, but the bankruptcy exhibits list its creditor claim as “unknown. ” Charles Bullock, partner at Southfield-based Stevenson & Bullock PLC and attorney for the companies in bankruptcy, also said the petitions end the receivership and the owners hope to regain control of the property shortly. Attorneys and sources in Mt. Clemens said the theater hasn’t hosted an event since last fall and Johnny G’s has been shuttered since shortly after Mona and Beginin closed it for renovations, more than a year earlier.

But Bullock said the owners plan to ask the court to appoint a chief restructuring office, possibly by early next week, and retake possession of the theater. “The theater is currently preparing to reopen, but obviously the bankruptcy is slowing that down a little bit,” Bullock said. “Between the theater and Johnny G’s next door, and the liquor licenses, there are plenty of assets to work with here. This isn’t a large amount of debt.

The owners were just being stretched (by creditors) and needed room to be able to work something out. ” The owners originally acquired the theater for around $650,000 and Johnny G’s for about $325,000, over two years ago, and Mona and Beginin made extensive renovations, largely with their own money. The theater was listed for sale at $2. 9 million last fall, but it found no buyers at that price.

Nine later relisted it for $995,000 after the receivership appointment in late February. But that listing has also been withdrawn, said Joe Sowerby, partner at Mt. Clemens-based Anton & Sowerby & Associates, who listed the property for the owners and later for the receiver. In mid-February, Sowerby said, he and a maintenance worker he had hired to help keep up the property entered the theater and found someone had broken into both establishments, taking several flat screen TVs, some sound equipment and electronics.

“We were trying to fix up the asset and help make it look presentable (for a possible sale). It was before the receiver hired us, so that was just something I felt a business and civic responsibility to do,” he said. “It must have happened within a few days prior, because the building engineer indicated that he had been there about 72 hours earlier, and it hadn’t happened yet. ” Doug Bernstein, an attorney for Revere Capital at Bloomfield Hillls-based Plunkett & Cooney PC, said the case has taken a few unusual turns in court such as an unsecured creditor being able to obtain a receiver for the property.

But he still hopes to reach a resolution in the matter. We’ll see if we can work something out, he said. But it’s still pretty early in the bankruptcy process.

4/28/2006 - Randy Adam
The Emerald Theater is up and runing strong. They host concerts, club/dance nights and private events as well. The owner has taken great pride in keeping the mistek of the theaters interior and bringing back the original look. It is good to see that he has taken such pride in the restoration. In 2001 the theater reopened as the Emerald.

They also have a sencondary room called the ROCK ROOM and the restaurant next door Johnny Gs is owned by the same owner of the theater. Great place to go for a dinner and concert with only having to park in one place.
4/24/2006 - BILL PEURA
mACOMB THEATER WAS MAGNIFICENT. i LIVED ON S. BROADWAY IN THE 5OS- ONLY 4 BLOCKS AWAY. WE SAW MANY MOVIES AND IN THE 60S- THE JAMES BOND MOVIES. i THINK THE LAST MOVIE I WAS THERE WAS tHE WAY WE WERE-- 1975.

9/11/2004 - Ed Golick
The photo of the Macomb Theater from Lynn Anderson was lifted from my website, http://www. detroitkidshow. com/Irv_Romig. htm. I got the photo from Irv Romig, whose familys Circus was named on the marquee.

4/1/2004 - John M. Heyka
I went there once, on a date, when it was the Macomb-early 80s. Dont remember the movie- but I remember the date.
12/18/2003 - Detroit News
Bars in Mount Clemens will have special viewing parties for VH1’s A Kid Rock Christmas, which debuts at 9 tonight. The Christmas special, filmed at the Emerald Theatre on Nov. 4, includes performances by The Pussycat Dolls, headlined by Carmen Electra and Kid Rock. Your Mother’s, 61 N. Walnut, and Crazy 8’s, 88 Macomb Place, are among the establishments that will have special showings of the Kid Rock show.

2/13/2003 - Web
A theatre to rival the movie showplaces of Detroit came to Mount Clemens in 1921, and she was a grand lady indeed. The Macomb Theatre was the brainchild of Frank J. Kendrick of Mount Clemens, who, along with several other local men, saw the need in Mount Clemens for a theatre in addition to the Bijou. The men formed the Macomb Theatre Company with Frank Kendrick as president, Harry M. Widrig as resident manager, and Louis F.

Wolf, William E. Koehler, William Wagner, Jacob Malbin and John Guenther as board members. The companys original intent was to create an additional movie venue in downtown Mount Clemens, with more capacity than the 700-seat Bijou. A site on Walnut street was acquired and plans for a 1,000-seat movie palace were undertaken.

Unsatisfied with the work of a local architect, the company turned to C. Howard Crane of Detroit, the designer of Detroits Orchestra Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Crane and his associates convinced the company to provide a stage for vaudeville acts, and the design of the theatre changed accordingly. The new theatre would seat 1,035 on the main floor and an additional 600 in the balcony.

The stage area was equipped with fly galleries for scenery, dressing rooms for performers, and spot and flood lights of the latest design. A massive Hillgren & Lane pipe organ was specially manufactured for the Macomb Theatre. Local contractors for the construction were Schott Bros. and Weber of Mount Clemens.

L. F. Wolf Hardware installed the plumbing, heating and ventilating apparatus; Modern Electric performed the electrical installation. Carpets were laid by F.

W. Krauseneck, and building materials were supplied by Kendrick & Bruel and R. C. Ullrich Hardware.

The cost of construction was $300,000, with an additional $60,000 spent on furnishings. Decorating was done by Max Goldberg of Detroit, and the Daily Leader marveled at the splendid appointments of the house: Massive pilasters resplendent with rich colorings, and ornate designs, and with bronze caps, support a well-proportioned entablature, on which rests the arched ceiling. Gold pilasters enrich the sides of the theater, the entire color scheme being in blue, green, gold and grey. The ceiling is paneled with plaster relief work and mural paintings by a renowned decorative artist and are inserted in the plaques.

The newspaper further noted that the main curtain was of deep blue silk velour with a huge letter M in gold at the bottom. The Macombs stage was devoted primarily to vaudeville acts at first, but motion pictures and road attractions were also regular features. The opening act on July 25, 1921, was the Jimmie Hodges Musical Comedy Company offering the musical farce Pretty Baby. The movie attraction was Charles Ray in Scrap Iron.

Mount Clemens turned out in great numbers and filled every one of the 1,635 seats for the theatres premiere performance. The Macomb continued to offer vaudeville and road shows well into the 1930s, and in the face of the decline of live theatre became a successful first-run movie house. The theatre was briefly closed in 1953, then was purchased by former usher Robert Vickrey, who operated it as a movie theatre catering to the interests of teenagers for almost three decades. In June, 1980, beset by youthful vandals and stiff competition from multi-screen movie complexes at Lakeside and Macomb Malls, the Macomb rang down its final curtain as a movie house after running its last picture, Kramer vs.

Kramer. An attempt to return the Macomb to its former glory was made when the Macomb Council for the Performing Arts purchased the building in 1981 and restored it for use as a live theatre. The Council was recognized by the federal government for funding the restoration with local donations. Godspell was the inaugural performance at the rejuvenated Macomb Theatre, but its troubles were far from over.

The theatre was closed in June 1984 to restructure its debt, and the Council was forced to offer it for sale in October 1984. Another live theatre project was undertaken in 1987 when the building became the Great Lakes Dinner Playhouse, but that venture folded after only a year. In 1991, new owners of the building converted the once-grand Macomb Theatre to the Club Hollywood nightclub, and in 1997 the nightclubs name was changed to JDs Macomb Theater. The year 2000 saw the buildings restoration and reopening as the Emerald Theatre.

Emerald Theatre - NICE PIC FROM LYNN ANDERSON
NICE PIC FROM LYNN ANDERSON
Emerald Theatre - SUMMER 2003
SUMMER 2003
Emerald Theatre - AS THE MACOMB
AS THE MACOMB
Emerald Theatre - OLD INTERIOR SHOT
OLD INTERIOR SHOT
Emerald Theatre - OLD INTERIOR SHOT
OLD INTERIOR SHOT
Emerald Theatre - OLD THEATRE PROGRAM
OLD THEATRE PROGRAM
Emerald Theatre - OLD THEATRE PROGRAM
OLD THEATRE PROGRAM
Emerald Theatre - OLD POST CARD FROM JENNIFER BAUER
OLD POST CARD FROM JENNIFER BAUER
Emerald Theatre - OLD POST CARD FROM JENNIFER BAUER
OLD POST CARD FROM JENNIFER BAUER

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