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Source: Pat Weaver
What a stunningly beautiful theatre this was, and what a magnificent history! It was built in 1873 as the Powers Grand Opera House and continued in business all through the years, becoming a Butterfield house in the teens, and then a movie theatre. Loeks Theatres operated it in the forties as the Photo News, and then it was named the Midtown Theatre. Loeks had it completely renovated and restored.
I went there in 1972 and was amazed at the sheer beauty of the place, still retaining its opera house flavor. It closed in 1973, I think, due to diminished revenues, like so many others. I just could not believe it when it was torn down. But it wasn't alone. The Kent, Center, Savoy, and others went due to "downtown redevelopment." Happily the Majestic remains, although I don't know what it looks like inside; hopefully the opera house look it had remains.