Center Theatre - Grand Rapids MI

Address: 240-42 Monroe St
City: Grand Rapids
State: MI
Zip: 49503
County: Kent
Owner History: Butterfield Theatres
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 9943

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AKA: Isis

Source: Jim Fahlstedt

This was the Butterfield chain's exploitation theater in Grand Rapids. It always ran double features, and, in the fifties, mainly ran horror/slasher/Japanese monster films. This was a fine old vaudeville house on lower Monroe that had fallen on hard times and was still trying to stay in business until it was demolished in urban renewal. What a waste.

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Info Updates:
4/6/2011 - Ken
The theater was there until the renovation project for the city began back in the 60's. It stood were the city county buildings are presently.
1/28/2004 - WaterWinterWonderland
This theatre looks like it was built in the 20's or 30's. This picture from 1943 is interesting because it promotes air conditioning, a boon to many early theatres as during the summer months they proved to be a great place to cool off before AC became common in homes.
Center Theatre - Old Shot From 1943
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