Regent Theatre - Grand Rapids MI

Address: 133 Crescent St NW
City: Grand Rapids
State: MI
Zip: 49503
County: Kent
Open: 1923
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Owner History: Butterfield Theatres
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 24029
General Information:

Source: Jim Fahlstedt

The RKO Regent was the second and lesser of the two RKO theaters in downtown Grand Rapids. Since is was very close to the Grand Rapids Police Department, I often attended shows there and then went to meet my father at his office. Because the Regent was the secondary house, it kept most of its adornment and was less modernized over the years. It did suffer the indignity of spending most of its later years running double features of horror flicks.

The ballroom on the top floor became Regent lanes. This bowling alley was very well known when it was being maintained as a top notch establishment. Thurmon Gibson rolled a record high triplicate at this place in the late 40s. That record stood for over 20 years. Again, this fine old movie house fell to urban renewal. Incidentally, the projection booth pictures show it early on before the more modern arc lamps were installed.

Info Updates:
6/5/2016 - Doug Taylor
Regent Theatre Ballroom above theatre. Later it will be converted into a bowling lanes. Regent Theatre 1923–1964 133 Crescent St NW at about the Kent County building stands today on Vandenberg Plaza.
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Regent Theatre - OLD PHOTO
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Regent Theatre - VINTAGE PHOTO
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Regent Theatre - VINTAGE PHOTO
VINTAGE PHOTO
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Regent Theatre - OLD PHOTO
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Regent Theatre - OLD PHOTO
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Regent Theatre - OLD PHOTO
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Regent Theatre - OLD PHOTO
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Regent Theatre - CONSTRUCTION 1922–23 CRESCENT ST AT BOND AVE FROM DOUG TAYLOR
CONSTRUCTION 1922–23 CRESCENT ST AT BOND AVE FROM DOUG TAYLOR
Regent Theatre - OLD AUDITORIUM SHOT
OLD AUDITORIUM SHOT
Regent Theatre - BOOTH
BOOTH
Regent Theatre - REGENT DEMOLITION FROM DOUG TAYLOR
REGENT DEMOLITION FROM DOUG TAYLOR
Regent Theatre - BOOTH
BOOTH
Regent Theatre - REGENT THEATRE BALLROOM GRAND RAPIDS FROM DOUG TAYLOR
REGENT THEATRE BALLROOM GRAND RAPIDS FROM DOUG TAYLOR
Regent Theatre - 1930 PHOTO FROM DOUG TAYLOR
1930 PHOTO FROM DOUG TAYLOR
Regent Theatre - OLD PIC FROM KARA TILOTSON
OLD PIC FROM KARA TILOTSON
Regent Theatre - OLD POST CARD
OLD POST CARD
Regent Theatre - OLD FLYER
OLD FLYER
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