Midland Theatre - Midland MI

Address: 2910 Ashman St
City: Midland
State: MI
Zip: 48640
County: Midland
Open: 1942
Owner History:
Theater Type: Downtown Movie Palace
Number of visits to this page: 18922

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General Information:

Source: Jim Isham

I believe this theater was built around 1940 when the Circle Business area was developed. It had a very beautiful interior. I don't think I've ever seen a theater interior as beautiful as this one. To the left of the theater was a supermarket (Giant), to the the right was Glover's Drug Store ,and beside the drug store was a bowling alley. There were also two small offices on either side of the theater. One was a AAA office and I believe the one was the theater business office. Back in the forties, children under twelve could get in for either 12 or 14 cents.

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Info Updates:
4/29/2013 - Jim Thompson
The book Midland: The Way We Were (by V. Florey) states that the theater opened May 1942. A few photos of Midland theaters are in that book on pages 25 and 26.
10/18/2005 - Mike
In addition to the mentioned bowling alley, the building also had a pretty decent video arcade during the 70s, 80s and 90s.
3/10/2004 - Doug Shirk
At one point, the theartre operated as a bowling alley, called Circle Bowl, with two sets of lanes. One in the center auditorium area, and one in the building on the right (as youre facing it) wing. I remember doing so in the late 60s. When the Midland closed, there wasnt a theatre in town until Valley Plaza was built.
Midland Theatre - 1950 Photo From Paul
1950 Photo From Paul
Midland Theatre - 1943 Shot From Paul
1943 Shot From Paul
Midland Theatre - From American Classic Images
From American Classic Images
Midland Theatre - Old Shot
Old Shot
Midland Theatre - Old Shot
Old Shot
Midland Theatre - Old Shot
Old Shot
Midland Theatre - July 31St 1953 From Jim Twinning
July 31St 1953 From Jim Twinning
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