Reed Theatre

Address: 107 E. Upton Ave
City: Reed City
State: MI
Zip:
County: Osceola
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Owner History:
Number of visits to this page: 18041
Notes: AKA Strand
Info Updates:
4/6/2021 - Andy Gray

Our family's Johnson Construction Company records list the Reed Theatre job but do not include what year it was undertaken. It probably was an extensive 1942 renovation described in an article below. There are no slides of this theater in my grandfather Al Johnson's collection, so we'll once again need to rely on images from online sources. The Reed Theatre stood at 107 E. Upton Street in Reed City, Michigan.

The Reed City, Michigan - Then & Now Facebook page has the best quality images of the old theater, as well as several anecdotes and artifacts. I've included an entrance photo from that page, circa 1950, submitted by Sue Brearley Dalziel.

Another artifact from that page is a September 1949 article marking Norris Stafford's ten years as manager of the Reed Theatre. This article fills in some gaps in my grandfather's construction company history.

It notes that Mr. Stafford and Mr. C.H Schuckert of Caro formed the "Schuckert & Stafford" theater chain. In addition to the Reed, the chain owned theaters in Cass City (Cass), Croswell (Maxine), Millington (Capitol), Vassar (Vassar), Fowlerville (Orr) and Saginaw (Daniel). With the exception of the Vassar Theatre, our family has documented all of these as Johnson projects. With this new documentation and its "Johnson doors," it's almost a certainty that Al Johnson built the Vassar Theatre for Schuckert & Stafford.

12/28/2012 - GREG WINDQUIST
THE FIRST MOVIE I SAW THERE WAS THE JUNGLE BOOK. BUT WHEN WE GOT TO JR. HIGH, IT WAS THE PLACE TO BE ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. PATTON, BILLY JACK, TRUE GRIT, CLINT EASTWOOD, PLANET OF THE APES. TRINITY IS STILL MY NAME, AND SO MUCH MORE. I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE BEEN PART OF THAT TIME IN REED CITY. THANKS GREG.
2/27/2004 - John McDowell
The last 3 owners were: Norris Stafford (1950s until 11/64), Danny Bryan (10/65 to 9/71), and Dan Creighton (10/71 to 10/73). Dan Creighton also operated several other theatres for varying lengths of time. The Lona in Mancelona, the Budd in Harrison, and theatres in Lakeview and Lake Odessa, these last 3 in the early 70s. Dan also worked at several radio stations in northern Michigan.
9/18/2003 - Unknown
Photos courtesy of John McDowell.
3/2/2003 - Cinema Tour
Original opening was in the 1920s when it was known as the Strand. The name changed to Reed in the 1940s and the theater closed in October 1973. It was then used as a reception and bingo hall by the local Moose Lodge before being demolished in 2000 or 2001.
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Reed Theatre - OLD PHOTO FROM REED CITY
OLD PHOTO FROM REED CITY
Reed Theatre - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
Reed Theatre - ENTRANCE
ENTRANCE
Reed Theatre - LOBBY
LOBBY
Reed Theatre - PROJECTION BOOTH
PROJECTION BOOTH
Reed Theatre - OLD POSTER FROM TIMOTHY CRISENBERY
OLD POSTER FROM TIMOTHY CRISENBERY
Reed Theatre - OLD POSTER FROM TIMOTHY CRISENBERY
OLD POSTER FROM TIMOTHY CRISENBERY
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