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Spartan Twin Theatre


Address: Frandor Shopping Center
City: Lansing State: MI Zip: Unknown Phone:  
County: Ingham
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Open: 1967 Closed: Capacity:    
Owner: Unknown
Web Address: N/A
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8/10/2014 - FRED ABBEY
I believe the comment of 7/3/14 is one of mis-understanding. I never mentioned that we showed Rocky Horror Show as our Friday midnight movies. Apparently, that's what came to be a few years after I left. When I worked there, we showed older movies. the types you might see on TV.

Plus, they were real horror movies, not humorous satire like Rocky Horror. I don't remember very many of the ones we showed. There are two that I can remember. The Torture Garden & Psycho.

7/3/2014 - Teller
The post from 6/21/2010 is inaccurate. The Rocky Horror Picture show wasn't released until 1975, several years after he left this theater.
6/21/2010 - FRED ABBEY
THIS IS IN ANSWER TO WHEN THE WEEKEND MIDNIGHT HORROR SHOWINGS STARTED. I WAS ONE OF THE ASSISTANT MANAGERS FROM APRIL OF 1968 TO AROUND AUGUST OF 1971. I CAN''T REMEMBER THE EXACT DATE WE STARTED, BUT IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER I STARTED WORKING THERE THAT WE BEGAN THE SHOWINGS. IN FACT, I WAS THE PERSON WHO CHOSE THEM.

OF COURSE IT DEPENDED ON WHICH ONES WERE AVAILABLE TO RENT. FROM THE TIME I LEFT (and moved to California), I CAN''T SAY IF THE SHOWINGS CONTINUED ON FOR YEARS, OR MAYBE STOPPED AND THEN STARTED AGAIN.

9/13/2008 - Andrew
Truly, one of the great cinemas of the Capitol City. They showed all the classics, all the great flicks. I remember going with the neighbor kids to see They Shoot Horses. Don''t They'', and later ''Harry and Tonto''. We are Hispanic, so naturally the folks would drag my little brother and me (we were the only 2 in the family who didn''t speak Spanish) down there on Sunday (Domingo) for the Spanish Flicks at noon.

People would go to early Mass, maybe hit Uncle John''s Pancake House on the way to The Spartan Twin. The Spanish Flicks were from varied genres. Westerns, Cop Movies, Dramas, we usually got to play in the lobby if we were quiet and didnt bother the older folks. I was 18 in 1981, I''m not sure when they started the cheap flicks at Midnight on Friday and Saturday Nights.

Rocky Horror, Up In Smoke, Tommy, The Kids are Alright, Sabbath and BOC in Black and Blue, Zeppelin''s The Song Remains The Same, even had Rocky Horror weddings and such outside afterwards. This went on every weekend for some time. Maybe someone who worked there might know. The 80''s are a bit fuzzy, sorry! Last movie I saw was Regarding Henry, it was the only time a girl I hardly knew, drove to my house and picked me up for movie.

She was cute so I had to say yes. It would be my last visit to the Spartan Twin, which had 3 screens by this time and went by the ''Triplex'' (not be be confused with ''XXX''). After it closed, it became Discovery Zone. An overglorified playroom were sweaty ans sometimes whiny kids, who are already sugared up way too much, let off some steam.

My niece worked there in 1994, the place smelled like a sweatsock, dispite the odor of the really bad food they served. Call me crazy but I like to get a BRICK from places (during or after demolition) close to my heart. I got to hand to Frandorson Properties (the mgt co for Frandor Shopping Center) who had the site pretty well sealed off. So, it was kind of like watching from a distance as the vet puts your dog to sleep.

Love to read the thoughts of others! Thanks.

5/13/2008 - Scott
This was a good theater, with large screens. In the early 70''s it was very popular. I saw The Sting, there and the place was packed.
12/2/2007 - Cinema Treasures
The Spartan Twin (named for the Michigan State University Spartans) opened in 1969 and was located in the Frandor Shopping Center, not far from the west edge of the MSU campus. The original two auditoriums were simply decorated in a contemporary style with large screens. The signs posted during construction indicated that the theater was going to be operated by Fox Eastern Theaters, but it opened as a National General operation. Later, management passed to the Mann Theater chain and finally to UA. At its opening, it was a state-of the-art house and may have had 70mm capability; films such as Patton, 2001, and Brainstorm played there.

One of the auditoriums was halved in the 1980's. During that decade the theater lost its allure concurrent with the growing shabbiness of the Frandor Shopping Center as a retail center. In addition, the same forces that led to the closure of the theaters in downtown Lansing and East Lansing, especially the growth of muliplexes in the malls east and west of Lansing coupled with the many films available to MSU students and staff on the campus, undoubtedly led to its closure around 1990. After closing as a theater, the building was converted to a commercial children's playspace.

It was then razed and a chain drugstore occupies the location now. Cinema Treasures Link.
9/11/2004 - J. Douse
After the theatre left, it became a Discovery Zone, which was a place for young kids to play, and now its a Rite Aid. I still miss the old theatre.

3/29/2004 - Kenneth Cooper
The Spartan Twin Theatre closed in Feb. of 1994. There were three screens at the time of its closing.
3/10/2004 - John McDowell
Gary is correct. This theatre has been demolished. The last time I was in the area, there was a drugstore (Walgreens ?) on the site.
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