Source: David Anderson
It was my grandfather, Charles Arlington Anderson that ran this theater (as noted in the article) I believe he had a 25 yr lease for the property. He had also worked at the LaSalle theater as noted on his military registration form 'motion picture operator. ' He was proud of the fact to only show family oriented movies. I was awful young in the early 60's, and don't remember to much, since we lived in Chicago at this time, but I do remember seeing Mary Poppin's for the first time there. Great memories. He was able to retire to Florida and died in 1979 at the age of 79. Of course there are many stories of him, but one I remember is that during the depression he was able to get a job as an electrician after just reading a book on the subject!.
Everything is gone, A street runs through the lot with new ice arena and ice cream store. The only drive-in ever built in Livingston County, it was once quite a hopping place. After the theater closed, I asked the realtor how much the land was selling for, the answer was over 1 million dollars. Clearly the former owners could not pass up that kind of return on their investment as it was probably purchased for a fraction of that back when this area was mostly rural.
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