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Ideal Theatre

Address: 221 E Center
City: Ithaca State: MI Zip: Unknown Phone:  
County: Gratiot
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Owner: Unknown
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 4797

2/23/2016 - Judy Riedel Tugen
Arthur Earl Gibbs owned the building. He died in 1924. He was married to Ethel Mae Beechler Gibbs. The building eventually became my mothers, Dora Arlene Gibbs Riedel. My Grandmother Gibbs owned and operated Ideal Theater while I was growing up.

At least from the 40s until sometime in the early 60s when she sold it to my father, Robert Riedel. My father was the projectionist, my grandmother sold tickets and my uncle took tickets and was the usher. Not sure when it closed but I believe it was in the 70s. I was even taught how to run the old carbon arc projectors in my teens.

I ran the popcorn machine from 1959-1961.
3/5/2012 - Thomas Beechler
I would like to know the date the Ideal burned. My Dad and I were there during the blaze and the next day went in the building. My folks owned and operated the Clinton Theater in St johns. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thomas.

11/20/2005 - Angela Bates
The owners name is Robert Riedel. Im a relation.
12/2/2003 - Box Office Magazine
Sept 1963 Issue - Robert Riedel reopened the Ideal at Ithaca September 19.
Ideal Theatre - FROM JACK MILLER
Ideal Theatre - OLD PHOTO

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