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Garden Theatre


Address: 301 Main
City: Frankfort State: MI Zip: Phone: (616) 352-7561  
County: Benzie
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Owner: Bill Griffin
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 698
 
 

6/20/2009 - John McDowell
From www. 9and10news. com (Cadillac, Michigan television station) 6/19/09The renovations are complete on a run-down Benzie County movie theatre. Its new owners hope it can thrive like they say it once did decades ago. The Garden Theatre in Frankfort re-opened last night after a near 150-thousand dollar renovation project.

The new owners recently bought the theatre because they wanted to bring it back to life. It was very run down. The seats were held together with duct tape and bubble gum, says Jenny Schmitt, one of the new owners. With the help of volunteers, the owners installed new seating, fixed the walls and ceiling, scrubbed the floors, and upgraded other odds and ends.

I think there''s a lot of hope that it will be another thing that draws people into our downtown restaurants and shops and gets people to Frankfort, she says. The workers across the street at Betsie Bay Inn are eager for the extra business the theatre may bring. Have dinner and a movie and stay right here, says Jan Erlewein, Accountant at the Inn.

8/16/2008 - King Chuck
The Garden has been sold to a group of local investors who are remodeling and restoring the theatre. They are installing a new heating and cooling system, which will allow it to stay open year ''round. They are in the process of installing new seats as well. http://www. record-eagle.

com/entertainment/local_story_228100104. html?keyword=topstoryhttp://www. frankfortgardentheater. com/.

11/16/2004 - King Chuck
For $350,000, this theatre can be yours. http://www. traversecitydevelopments. com/.
12/19/2003 - Box Office Magazine
August 1959 - Mrs. Jean Griffin is continuing operation of the Garden Theatre at Frankfort following the recent death of her husband Lawrence. Clive Waxman of Independent Theatre Service is handling the booking and buying of film.
12/18/2003 - Box Office Magazine
February 1959 - Bill Griffin is reported the new owner of the Garden at Frankfort.
Garden Theatre - 2009
2009
Garden Theatre - RECENT SHOT
RECENT SHOT
Garden Theatre - 1950S PHOTO FROM PAUL
1950S PHOTO FROM PAUL
Garden Theatre - SUMMER 2003
SUMMER 2003
Garden Theatre - AUDITORIUM BEHIND THE SCREEN FROM KARA TILLOTSON
AUDITORIUM BEHIND THE SCREEN FROM KARA TILLOTSON
Garden Theatre - AUDITORIUM FROM KARA TILLOTSON
AUDITORIUM FROM KARA TILLOTSON
Garden Theatre - AUDITORIUM LIGHT FROM KARA TILLOTSON
AUDITORIUM LIGHT FROM KARA TILLOTSON
Garden Theatre - AUDITORIUM WALL FROM KARA TILLOTSON
AUDITORIUM WALL FROM KARA TILLOTSON
Garden Theatre - LOBBY FROM KARA TILLOTSON
LOBBY FROM KARA TILLOTSON
Garden Theatre - MARQUEE FROM KARA TILLOTSON
MARQUEE FROM KARA TILLOTSON
Garden Theatre - SUMMER 2003
SUMMER 2003

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