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Sanilac Theatre


Address: 31 Lincoln St
City: Sandusky State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Sanilac
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Owner: Steve Kursinsky
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 2932
 
 

2/15/2011 - Scott W.
Correction to my previous post. It was Stan's son Gary who was running the projector that night.
2/11/2011 - Scott W.
Hate to hear about the old Sanilac theater. I remember one time when I was visiting my grandparents (Floyd and Grace W. ) in the late 70's/early 80's their good friend and neighbor Doug Banker showed me an old news reel that he had found in his basement. He got Stan Fetting to show the short film before a Greta Garbo feature film Camille. Stan was kind enough to let me watch from the projection room.

He told me that my grandpa had done a lot of work at the theater over the years. Great fun and a wonderful memory.
6/3/2005 - Joseph Barron
It opened Thursday, October 14, 1937, with the classic feature The Bride Wakes Up. It wasnt built as a theater, it was converted into one. It closed Fall, 1998 when Steve Kursinsky and Marcy Goyette bought it from Stan Fetting, who, with his late wife Betty, ran the place since 1968. It was arsoned 11:30 pm on May 22, 2000, it was a 4 alarm fire, over 300,000 gallons of water was used to try to extinguish it, but by morning, only the burned out shell of the 60 by 106 theater remained. They demolished it, the site stayed as a cement incline, frequently visited by skateboarders and myself, trying to Columbo the arson job, until 2004 when it was mostly filled in with dirt.

Anyone with any information about the events surrounding that fire, or if you are the arsonist, please feel free to turn yourself in by calling the Sandusky Police Chief Paul Cowley at (810) 648-4016. Thank You.
9/11/2004 - TheTimesHerald.com
Times Herald SANDUSKY - Part of the roof on the Sanilac Theater in Sandusky collapsed April 5 (2000). Times Herald SANDUSKY-The historic Sanilac Theater was engulfed in smoke and flames as it burned early this morning. (5-23-00) The fire began shortly before midnight. Firefighters from Sandusky and Carsonville as well as Moore and Elk townships fought the fire in the vacant building at 31 Lincoln St. Times Herald SANDUSKY - Arson caused the fire that destroyed the vacant Sanilac Theater May 23 (2000), and a $5,000 reward is offered for a conviction, a fire investigator said Friday.

Someone set this fire, based on the evidence, said Detective Sgt. Neil Sweeney with the fire marshals division of the Michigan State Police. Times Herald SANDUSKY - Steve Kursinskys dream of renovating the Sanilac Theater into a modern two-screen movie house was sidelined April 5 when part of the roof collapsed. The building, but not the dream, went up in smoke early Tuesday.

Hes (Kursinskys) pretty sure hes going to rebuild, Fire Chief Todd Hillman said. Mr. Kursinsky could not be reached for comment.

Sanilac Theatre - FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
Sanilac Theatre - FROM THE HI-WAY DRIVE-IN DOCUMENTARY
FROM THE HI-WAY DRIVE-IN DOCUMENTARY
Sanilac Theatre - FROM THE HI-WAY DRIVE-IN DOCUMENTARY
FROM THE HI-WAY DRIVE-IN DOCUMENTARY
Sanilac Theatre - AFTER THE FIRE
AFTER THE FIRE

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