Madison Theatre - Grand Rapids MI

Address: 1231 Madison Ave SE
City: Grand Rapids
State: MI
Zip: 49507
County: Kent
Open: 1923
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Owner History:
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 2261
General Information:

Source: Jim Fahlstedt

There in Madison Square you had this neighborhood theater and the A&W drive in. What more could one want? This was one of the Boshoven-Busick chain's better properties until the late 50s when the neighborhood began its steep decline. It closed, was a roller rink for a while and then became part of the foam rubber company that occupied several buildings near it. This theater was originally operated by Busick-Willer. I believe Willer died in World War II as I went to school with a kid named Bud Willer who said he was affiliated with this theater and his father had died in the war.

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Info Updates:
1/3/2007 - Mary Ann Potter
This theater was used as a roller-skating rink in the late fifties. I remember going there many Saturday afternoons; they played 45's, and I always think of the Madison when I hear the old McGuire Sisters record "Sugartime." How we loved skating to that!
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