Frolic Theatre - Midland MI

Address: 146 W. Main Street
City: Midland
State: MI
Zip: 48640
County: Midland
Owner History:
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 9145

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Source: Scott Seeburger

The Mecca Theatre was one of the first movie houses in Midland, Mi. My grandfather, Bart Laughlin, owned it from 1922-25 and did live theater presentations and other attractions in addition to showing films. He sold the theater to Frolic owner Mr. Cassidy and was required to sign a lifetime non-compete agreement. The Frolic was the more modern theater of the two that were located on Main St. However, my grandfather held the Paramount contract and in the 1920s, Paramount was The choice film company. From that point on, Mr. William Cassidy owned all the movie houses in this town.

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7/10/2020 - Robert Todd
My dad loved the movies and we went to either the Mecca or frolic nearly every Friday or Saturday night. When I was four years of age, The frolic suffered an internal fire and was closed for the duration of the second world war. Upon the ending of the war, repairs were made and it reopened. My dad and I attended reopening night and I remember that showing was a Fibber McGee and Molly film. On Saturdays, every youngster in Midland that could dig up 12 cents went to the matinee to watch Gene Autry, Roy rogers, Red Rider and Lash Larue, for which the theater gave each attendee a reward of a WWII army divisional patch, and I had a complete collection. In my senior year of high school I worked at the theater as doorman\ticket taker. I, Like my dad, loved the movies.
7/31/2017 - Sandra K. Smith
My Gr. Grandfather was the owner of the Frolic Theater, his name was David M. Bye. He also owner several other businesses in the surrounding area. According to my father, he was the richest man in Midland other than Willard Dow. I do know that he was quite wealthy as he was heir to monies from his father Lord Bye, from England.
12/2/2003 - Box Office Magazine
May 1959 Issue - Mrs. Delores Cassidy has closed the Frolic at Midland.
Frolic Theatre - Old Photo
Old Photo
Frolic Theatre - Old Post Card View
Old Post Card View
Frolic Theatre - Old Shot
Old Shot
Frolic Theatre - July 31St 1953 From Jim Twinning
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