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Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - Fruitport MI

Address: 143 S 3rd Ave
City: Fruitport
State: MI
Zip: 49415
County: Muskegon
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General Information:

AKA Pomona Pavilion

This facility was built as the "Pomona Pavilion" in 1901 by a railway company and was one of the largest ballrooms in western Michigan. It had a capacity of 1000 people. A Mrs. Walter Stephenson purchased the hall from Frank Lockage in 1959. She became ill and in turn sold it to to Victor Huddleston in 1961. In 1963 the place was destroyed by fire. At the time of the fire, it was owned by Robert E. Lahey and operated by Alfred Lilly. They had planned on re-building after the fire as the loss was partially covered by insurance.

The fire photo caption from the paper provides a clue as to the location. It indicated the place was on Spring Lake. The Wharf Bar was also destroyed which was next door. I checked a 1955 aerial photo and found the building in the Fruitport area of Spring Lake. I confirmed it when I switched to the 1969 photo and the place was gone. I am using the address of the Fruitport Boat Launch as it sits pretty close to where the pavilion did. Next door is Pomona Park which is another clue.

The pavilion attracted all the big bands of the day and like many other pavilions also featured rock acts. A 1971 death notice for Louis Armstrong indicated he had played the pavilion. Another article from 1959 indicated Bill Haley and the Comets performed there as well. Other acts included Stan Kenton, Les Elgert and many others.

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Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - OLD POSTCARD (newer photo)
OLD POSTCARD (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - OLD POST CARD (newer photo)
OLD POST CARD (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - OLD POSTCARD SHOWING BOAT DOCK (newer photo)
OLD POSTCARD SHOWING BOAT DOCK (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - OLD POST CARD (newer photo)
OLD POST CARD (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - JAN 4 1963 ARTICLE ON FIRE (newer photo)
JAN 4 1963 ARTICLE ON FIRE (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - JAN 4 1963 ARTICLE ON FIRE (newer photo)
JAN 4 1963 ARTICLE ON FIRE (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - 1959 ARTICLE ON BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS (newer photo)
1959 ARTICLE ON BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - 1959 ARTICLE ON SALE AND CAPACITY OF PAVILION (newer photo)
1959 ARTICLE ON SALE AND CAPACITY OF PAVILION (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - CHANGES HANDS 1960 (newer photo)
CHANGES HANDS 1960 (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - JAN 1963 ARTICLE ON REBUILDING (newer photo)
JAN 1963 ARTICLE ON REBUILDING (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - NICE ARTICLE MENTIONING PAVILION 1949 (newer photo)
NICE ARTICLE MENTIONING PAVILION 1949 (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - 1955 AERIAL (newer photo)
1955 AERIAL (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - OVERLAY SHOWING NOW AND 1955 (newer photo)
OVERLAY SHOWING NOW AND 1955 (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - THIS IS THE GENERAL AREA OF WHERE THE PAVILION STOOD (newer photo)
THIS IS THE GENERAL AREA OF WHERE THE PAVILION STOOD (newer photo)
Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - CURRENT AERIAL WITH APPROX LOCATION (newer photo)
CURRENT AERIAL WITH APPROX LOCATION (newer photo)
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