AKA Classic Theater
Source: Andy Gray
My Grandfather A.S. “Al” Johnson built and remodeled theaters across Michigan between 1934 and 1956, including a job involving the Algonac Theater in Algonac, Michigan. His son A.S. Johnson Jr's (Bud's) list of Johnson theater projects includes the Algonac, but omits the date of the job.
Al Johnson's theater slides include a single image of the theater taken in June 1948. The marquee, entrance doors and the finish of the front and side of the theater are of a style very similar to other Johnson Construction Co. remodeling jobs completed in the mid to late-1930s (for example the 1938 Tibbits Theatre job in Coldwater). From the Cinema Treasures site: "The 'Classic Theatre' opened in 1914... Around the 30s, the theater was renamed the 'Algonac Theatre,' and operated through the 50s." The Algonac Theatre has been demolished.
Opened as the Classic Theatre in 1914 Renamed the Algonac Theatre in 1933 Seats: 400. Based on the films listed on the marquee, this picture would have been taken in 1957. This old downtowner appears to have been quite pleasing to the eye, it would have been interesting to see the interior of this old house I am sure. Unfortunately, there was no trace of the theatre or anything else in this picture when I recently visited Algonac. It appears that strip malls and drug stores have replaced what was once a very quaint downtown area.