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Caruso Theatre

Address: Front Street
City: Dowagiac State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Cass
Notes: AKA Dowogiac
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Owner: Unknown
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 6387

3/8/2019 - Elizabeth Caruso
My father built this theatre in 1946. It was an empty lot. About a year later it had a major fire. It was determined to be arson. There were already two movie theaters across the street.

-The Century and the Chief. Initially the fire chief thought my father might be responsible for insurance purposes until they realized he barely had it insured. After all, it was brand new and state of the art everything. I still have the grand opening newspaper brochure.

My father always felt he knew who did it and why. When the locals started going to South Bend and Benton Harbor, he decided to sell it in 1963, when I was in the 9th grade. Then in 1977, it caught on fire again -far worse than in 1947 or '48. It held a definite important part of Dowagiac history.

11/17/2017 - Antonio Caruso Jr.
the Caruso theater was built and owned by Paul Caruso in 1946 and run by him until it was distroyed by a fire. Paul was my brother.
9/13/2017 - Jami Chavez
That building is now a dance studio, also the building that Century Theatre was in is now a gym called Fit Stop which is where I currently work. I have been trying to get more info on the building and what was inside it. If you have any photos or info I would really like to see them.
4/10/2010 - Ami Caruso Greenway
This was my father''s business. THe Caruso Theater, it was built in 1946 for my father Paul Caruso. At this time I am uncertain about relevant data to do with it''s history. It was sold by my fatrher in 1965. Further details will be added as they are obtained.

Pictures If avaialbe will also be added.
3/28/2005 - Marnie S. Plucienik
In late 2004, the marquee and brick facade of this now-vacant building were torn off. We dont know as yet the future plans for the building itself.
10/26/2003 - Marnie S. Plucienik
This was the last indoor theater to exist in Dowagiac, until it was gutted by fire in the late 1970s. It has since housed a sandwich shop/arcade, a lunch counter, a consignment shop, and is currently a sports collectibles shop. I would suggest that you add a third category for your Dowagiac theaters.
Caruso Theatre - THE CARUSO

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