Emsee Theatre

Address: Cass and South Walnut
City: Mount Clemens
State: MI
Zip: 48043
County: Macomb
Capacity: 1319
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Number of visits to this page: 4482
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3/14/2021 - Andy Gray
Happy "Flashback Friday!" My grandfather's Michigan theater project slide collection includes a street view of the Emsee Theatre at 67 Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens. "Em-see" sounds like "M.C." for Mount Clemens, get it? Al Johnson took the slide in September 1948 with "The Bishop's Wife" and "Kings of the Olympus" on the marquee. Although the marquee is of a style more typical of the late 1930s or early 40s, online sources say the theater opened much later. Another nice feature of Al's 1948 color slide is a bright red New Era delivery van parked in front. The New Era "Scientifically Processed" Potato Chips were a Detroit-based product which were sold in round yellow tins. Many Michiganders will remember seeing silos painted to match those potato chip tins throughout the countryside.The Emsee Theatre closed in 1959, but the building still stands.
1/13/2020 - Nick Sortzi
The building has not been torn down as Frank stated. It still stands and is still vacant.
12/28/2012 - Frank
Just saw them putting up the sign yesterday, the building is about to be torn down.
5/4/2011 - George Linington
The Emsee Theatre, which opened on the main floor on August 10, 1946, with a screening of Devotion starring Ida Lupino and Paul Henried. The movie house was operated by R. Roy Shook, and featured 1,000 seats on the main level and 300 more on the mezzanine. In 1958, the theatre changed its name to the MC-Art and featured foreign art films exclusively. It soon returned to screening Hollywood fare, but finally succumbed to pressure from the more popular area drive-ins. The MC closed in early 1959 and the newspaper offices expanded into the theater space. My father, William Linington, was a long time projectionist at the Emsee. I work there during high school as an usher in 1953 and 1954. While in college I worked as a relief projectionist at the Emsee as well as imost of the other theaters in Macomb County.
10/24/2004 - Detroit News
Tuesday, November 4, 2003 Daily building ruling nears A circuit court judge may decide this month if Mount Clemens can tear structure down By Gene Schabath / The Detroit News MOUNT CLEMENS -- Tens of thousands of stories have been written by reporters inside the historic Macomb Daily Building during the decades it served as home to the Macomb Daily newspaper and its predecessors. The final chapter for the seven-story building could be written this month when Macomb Circuit Judge Diane Druzinski rules on whether Mount Clemens properly condemned the 74-year-old building in preparation for demolishing it. It is at Cass and South Walnut in downtown Mount Clemens. "If Judge Druzinski rules in favor of the city, the building comes down," City Attorney John Beeding said. "I believe we will prevail." The building has many safety and code violations and would be too costly to renovate because it is structurally unsound, Beeding said. Building owner George Adams and his attorney, Mark Clark, insist the building can be restored and turned into a viable commercial venture. Adams, who bought the building in 1995 for $350,000, filed a lawsuit against the city, challenging the demolition decision issued last year. Oral arguments were heard Nov. 3 before Druzinski. "I have a structural engineers report that the building is sound," Adams said. The Macomb Daily Building opened in 1929 as the Price Building. It was the tallest structure in town. The name was changed to The Leader Building in 1932 after one of two hometown papers. In 1942, when the Daily Monitor bought the Daily Leader, the name was changed to the Monitor-Leader Building, said Mark McKee, former publisher of the Macomb Daily, whose family owned the building. The building also housed the M.C. Theater, a bowling alley and a Chinese restaurant in the 1940s. The name was changed to the Macomb Daily Building in 1964 when the Monitor-Leader merged with two weekly newspapers, the South Macomb News and Tri-City Progress, to form the Macomb Daily. The Macomb Daily moved out of the building in 1994. Three tenants occupy the ground floor stores. A court order issued in 1998 prevents occupancy of other floors because of code violations. Tenant Carolee Schmid, owner of City Gallery, said apartment lofts or other commercial ventures could be built on upper floors. "I hope the judges ruling means a new life for the building," Schmid said.
10/5/2004 - Ron Wilson
If my memory serves me.......ya right...my mother used to take me there when as a kid...it was housed in the Monitor Leader building..which was the old newspaper..now know as the macomb daily
10/5/2004 - WaterWinterWonderland
This old downtown house in Mt. Clemens appears to date back to the 30s at least. Not much else is known, and it has long since gone dark.
Emsee Theatre - 1946 PIC
1946 PIC
Emsee Theatre - OLD POST CARD VIEW
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