Colonial Theatre - Iron Mountain MI

Address: 209-211 E. Ludington St.
City: Iron Mountain
State: MI
Zip: 49801
County: Dickinson
Open: 1916
Capacity: 873
Owner History:
Theater Type: Small Town Movie Palace
Number of visits to this page: 3873

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General Information:

In its May 18, 1916 edition, The Iron Mountain Press announced that August E. Brauns was to erect “a theatre second to none north of Milwaukee” on the property opposite the city hall building on East Ludington Street, then occupied by two frame buildings and known as the Farmers’ Hotel. Brauns purchased the property, having frontage on East Ludington Street of 60 feet and a depth of 75 feet which extended to the alley, from the Commercial Bank during the week. There was also an alley on the west side. The proposed theatre building was to cover the entire property with the main entrance on Ludington Street and exits on the side and rear alleys.

Architect Charlton, of Marquette, was commissioned to draft the plans for the theatre with instructions to design “a house second to none in the Upper Peninsula,” containing “everything modern and up-to-date in accordance with the state’s sanitary and safety laws.” [William J. Cummings - he has much more on the history of Dickson County - Google him]

Info Updates:
7/18/2005 - John Ignatowski
The 1926 Barton organ from the Colonial is presently located in St. Barabaras Catholic Church, Vulcan, MI about 20 miles from Iron Mountain
Colonial Theatre - Old Photo From William Cummings Collection (newer photo)
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