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.