The Michigan Theatre of Jackson Inc., a not-for-profit Michigan corporation, acquired the building from the City of Jackson on August 24, 1993. The group continues to restore and operate the theatre, bring in classic films, art films, live theatre productions, concerts, meetings, and other community events. The project will finally transform downtown Jackson's sleeping beauty into a major attraction for the entire region.
The Michigan Theatre, the last and largest theatre built in downtown Jackson, opened April 30, 1930. It was built for the mainstream popular entertainment of the day -- vaudeville and movies. For just pennies, the public was treated like royalty as it passed under a glittering marquee into a Hollywood fantasyland. The building's exotic Spanish style, lavish interior plasterwork, ornate polychrome terra cotta facade, carved walnut furniture, plush wool carpeting, heavy damask draperies, stained glass light fixtures, and oil paintings entertained the patrons as much as the attractions on the stage and screens. It was the first air conditioned building in downtown Jackson and offered a place to escape the summer heat.
Many of our Jackson residents remember seeing their first movie in this theatre. Entering through the massive doors and gliding up the incline to the theatre lobby, smelling the concession stand, and seeing the vast interior of the theatre transport one back through time to a familiar, comfortable place in history. We are constantly seeking volunteers to assist in the renovation of this Jackson Icon and hope you enjoy visiting us often.
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