Town Theatre

Address: 135 N. Front Street
City: Chesaning
State: MI
Zip: 48616
County: Saginaw
Open: 1948
Capacity:
Owner History:
Number of visits to this page: 3437
Notes:

The February 28, 1948 issue of Boxoffice said that the new Town Theatre in Chesaning was slated to open on March 3. The house was to be booked by Ashmun Bros. of Caro, Michigan, for the owner, Vera Graham. The 45x117 foot cinder block building with white porcelain front had cost $75,000 to build and equip, according to Boxoffice.

Mrs. Graham and her late husband Fred had earlier operated another theater in Chesaning, which was probably the one call called the Crystal, which had gone into operation by 1918. Their sons Bill and Don Graham later took over the Town, and when the movie business ceased to be viable converted the building into a bowling alley.

The earliest mention I’ve found of a movie theater in Chesaning was a house called the Vaudette, which was listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. [Cinema Treasures - Joe Vogel]

Info Updates:
2/22/2021 - Andy Gray
Today I'm sharing images of two Michigan theaters, taken in 1948 by my grandfather A.S. "Al" Johnson. The first theatre is the Town Theatre at 135 N. Front Street in Chesaning. Al's son listed this Johnson Construction Co. job as a 1948 project. Al's slide, below, shows the characteristic "art moderne" style "Johnson doors" in a natural color and with semi-round glass. "Angels' Alley," a film released in 1948, appears on the marquee. The cinder block building construction suggests that the 1948 project was a new theater rather than a remodeling job.
8/19/2013 - Brian Devereaux
After talking with family members this weekend we came to the conclusion that the Town Theater closed mid sixties. My older brother said the last time he went there was to see a horror show about 62-63. My mom mentioned that there was another theater in Chesaning called the Chrystal, I think near Broad and Chapman, if I find out anymore I'll post information on it.
7/28/2013 - Brian Devereaux
I remember going to see a Disney movie when I was very young, probably Snow White. I think it was changed over to a bowling alley late '60s. Whenever I went to a movie growing up it was at the Capitol in Owosso or the Sky-Way in Corunna.
6/15/2007 - Ernie McCracken
Hey Roy, haven''t seen you since Reno! How''s Claudia doing? Do they still bowl at the Town alley?
6/13/2007 - Roy Munson
I used to bowl here all the time. Was the league champion in 1978, have some pictures somewhere. Not sure if it used to be a movie theatre or not.
11/12/2006 - WaterWinterWonderland
This theater was brought to my attention by Ron Gross at MichiganDriveIns The car out front is 70's vintage so it was open at least until then. The building looks more like a bowling alley then a theater, with the marquee sort of tacked on over the entrance.
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Town Theatre - FROM AL JOHNSON
FROM AL JOHNSON
Town Theatre - OLD PHOTO FROM RON GROSS
OLD PHOTO FROM RON GROSS
Town Theatre - SUMMER 2007
SUMMER 2007
Town Theatre - SUMMER 2007
SUMMER 2007
Town Theatre - 1958-03-27 THE CHESANING ARGUS
1958-03-27 THE CHESANING ARGUS
Town Theatre - CHESANING ARGUS MAY 1954
CHESANING ARGUS MAY 1954
Town Theatre - TOWN CLOSED ON MARCH 1 1960
TOWN CLOSED ON MARCH 1 1960
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