Main Theatre

Address: 64 E Chicago St
City: Coldwater
State: MI
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County: Branch
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Number of visits to this page: 3553
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2/14/2021 - Andy Gray
Between 1934 and 1956 my maternal grandfather, Albert S. ("Al") Johnson, built and remodeled theaters and drive-ins throughout Michigan. His company was called the Johnson Construction Co., and it was based out of Birmingham. His son A.S. Johnson Jr. (Bud) compiled the Johnson theater projects and his list includes the 1943 "Main" theater project in Coldwater. The Cinema Treasures website says that the theater opened in 1942. A slide that Al Johnson's shot in June 1948 shows the theater as an "art deco" or "art moderne" style, with three red double doors with half-octagonal glass. This style epitomizes the more than forty theaters that Johnson Construction Co. built or remodeled between the 1930s and late 1940s. The building survives but is no longer in use as a theater.
10/30/2006 - WaterWinterWonderland
The former movie house has been desecrated. The tacky paint job and flower pots resting in the former marquee are a disgrace. Unfortunately the only agenda there is for renewal in the City of Coldwater is the multi-million dollar renovation slated for the Tibbits Opera House. A nice place to be sure, but more work is needed to transform this downtown area which actually has alot of potential. Could be another Marshall with some vision and execution...
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Main Theatre - JUNE 1948 FROM AL JOHNSON
JUNE 1948 FROM AL JOHNSON
Main Theatre - Photo from early 2000's
Photo from early 2000's
Main Theatre - OLD POSTCARD SHOT
OLD POSTCARD SHOT
Main Theatre - Photo from early 2000's
Photo from early 2000's
Main Theatre - Photo from early 2000's
Photo from early 2000's
Main Theatre - Photo from early 2000's
Photo from early 2000's
Main Theatre - OLD PIC
OLD PIC
Main Theatre - DISGRACE
DISGRACE
Main Theatre - FALL 2019
FALL 2019
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