I was the manager at the Pontiac from August 1975 to August 1977. The capacity was 1267 and we filled up a number of times and ended up re-opening the box office after the first movie ended and re-showed it after the second show. The theater closed for the winter in Feb 76 and re-opened for the season in March 76. It closed for the winter every year since until it closed for good.
The theater sat abandoned for years and vandals set fire to the concession stand at least twice, the final time gutting the building and causing the final demolition of the theater. I have a bunch of pictures of when it was open and after the different fires. I also have some pics of the property after it was cleared. Just before I started there, the screen had a large painting of Chief Pontiac on the street side.
The picture was not re-painted due to the costs. Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of the chief. Those were defiinitely interesting years and I would not trade them!! I also subbed at the Miracle Mile while the regular manager, Wes Parker, was on a medical leave in the winter of 76 - 77. I just discovered this site and reading it really brings back the memories!!
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