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AKA Lyric, Grotto, Temple
Source: Jack R. Miller
This theatre was owned and operated by Harold Bernstein of Bay City. He had a small chain known as Bernstein Theatres, which also operated in Bay City, the Lafayette, Tivoli (Pines), Woodside (Royal) and in Saginaw, the Daniel, later purchased by Ed Johnson. Ed Johnson also operated the Colonial in Essexville, under lease, until it closed.
From Andy Gray:
This photo, was taken in 1940 by my grandfather Albert S. Johnson, and just surfaced in one of his widow’s boxes of photos. On the back, in Al’s handwriting, is “Bay City.”
Al’s Johnson Construction Company completed a remodeling project on the Roxy, though family records don’t include the date. Based on the “THE ROXY FROM THE BAY JOURNAL” photo on this website, which shows the theater name as the Roxy, a new streamlined marquee, and two films that were released in 1939, my best guess is that the “late 1930’s” date given in the theater’s history was actually 1939.