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Wayside Theatre


Address: 3020 Washtenaw Ave
City: Ypsilanti State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Washtenaw
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Open: 1968 Closed: 1989 Capacity: 1000    
Owner: Butterfield Theatres
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 5678
 
 

8/17/2005 - Don Burhans
As of about a week or so, the Farmer Jacks Supermarket that replaced the Wayside Theatre has closed due to money problems. Alot of Farmer jack Stores have closed in Detroit and local suburbs because of money problems.
5/5/2004 - John Green
Actually, the supermarket (Farmer Jack) is not housed in the building. The building was demolished and Farmer Jack built on the property.
1/15/2004 - Cinema Treasures
Opened for the Butterfield Theatres chain in 1968, the Wayside was designed by Louis Wiltse and could seat just over 1000. The Wayside's most famous feature was its enormous screen, measuring 56' by 24', at the time the largest indoor screen in the US. The lobby was designed to resemble a comfortable (albeit with late 60s style decor) living room, with sofas, end tables, lamps and artwork. In 1984, the auditorium was twinned, after Butterfield sold the Wayside to Illinois-based Kerasotes Theatres. In the five years that Kerasotes ran the Wayside, it was notorious for being poorly run.

Kerasotes closed the theater in 1989. A year later, plans were announced to convert the twin into a brew-n-view style venue, called the Wayside Cinema & Drafthouse, but this fell through. In late 1991, the theater was gutted and reopened as the Wayside Whirly Ball amusement center. Since the mid 90s, the building has housed a supermarket.

Cinema Treasures Link.
Wayside Theatre - OLD PHOTO FROM ANN ARBOR NEWS
OLD PHOTO FROM ANN ARBOR NEWS
Wayside Theatre - OLD PHOTO FROM ANN ARBOR NEWS
OLD PHOTO FROM ANN ARBOR NEWS
Wayside Theatre - NOW
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Wayside Theatre - FROM STREET
FROM STREET

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