Electric Theatre - Manistee MI

Address: 55 Poplar
City: Manistee
State: MI
Zip: 49660
County: Manistee
Owner History:
Theater Type: Small Town Movie Palace
Number of visits to this page: 3740

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General Information:

Source: Kara Tillotson

The Electric opened on Sunday April 21 1907.Two days later the management closed it until they could get new equipment as they were unhappy with the quality of the show that they presented. Three months later the management of the theatre changed hands and re-opened in July 1907. various renovations had been made such as floor elevation and electric fans.

In 1913, Charles Russell became the owner and operator.( He also owned the Royal and the Gem) In January 1918 Allen Christianson, the owner of the Electric Theatre sold it to Otto J Lauer who managed the Lyric theatre. Lauer closed the theatre in July 1918. A newspaper articles announced that it would reopen under new management on sat Oct 12.

On the day it was set to reopen all Churches pool halls theatres and congregations were to be closed indefinitely due to the sweeping influenza epidemic sweeping the country. The theatre opened a month later after the influenza ban lifted on the city.It closed for good Aug 1919.

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