Michigan Theatre (Jackson, Michigan)

Michigan Theatre (Jackson, Michigan)
Michigan Theater
Exterior of the Michigan Theater from Mechanic Street
Michigan Theatre (Jackson, Michigan) is located in Michigan
Location: 124 N Mechanic St, Jackson, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°14′49″N 84°24′20″W / 42.24694°N 84.40556°W / 42.24694; -84.40556Coordinates: 42°14′49″N 84°24′20″W / 42.24694°N 84.40556°W / 42.24694; -84.40556
Area: 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built: 1928
Architect: Maurice Finkel
Architectural style: Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 80001874[1]
Added to NRHP: May 8, 1980

The Michigan Theatre at 124 North Mechanic Street in Jackson, Michigan opened in 1930 and was designed by Maurice Herman Finkel. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 8, 1980, and is undergoing renovations as of 2005.


The Michigan Theatre was built in 1930. It was built for the mainstream popular entertainment of the day, vaudeville and movies. The theatre, unlike others of its' time, avoided alterations of style as the movie business changed throughout the 20th century. For just a few pennies, the public of the 30's entered into the building and were treated as royalty. As guests entered the exotic Spanish-styled building, they found lavish interior plasterwork of the 30's, polychrome terra cotta facade, walnut furniture, wool carpets, oil paintings, heavy demask draperies, and exotic stained glass light fixtures. It was the first air conditioned building of downtown Jackson, and many guests entered the lobby just to escape the summer heat. Early into business, the Michigan Theatre was painted into a darker color scheme, carpet was changed, and the marquee was changed to match a more modern-like streamline. A candy counter also was added. The original owner of the theatre, Butterfield Theatres, maintained the theatre until business ceased in 1978. Since 1978, the building has deteriorated into its current state. The Michigan Theatre of Jackson, Incorporated acquired the theatre from the city of Jackson on August 24, 1993. The non-profit corporation continues to restore the building, bring in classic films, art films, live theatre productions, concerts, meetings, and other community events. When the restoration is finished, the theatre will attract tourists to downtown Jackson and help the local economy.


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