The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a ribbon cutting celebration at the Michigan Theatre of Jackson to showcase the new bar and concessions area on Thursday, March 28th from 4pm-6pm. The ribbon will be cut at 4:30pm.
The Michigan Theatre, is 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 screen. It was the first air conditioned building in downtown Jackson and offered a place to escape the summer heat.
Staying true to the Theatre’s historic beauty, Bollheimer Construction, built and installed a new custom made concession area.
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.
For more information about the ribbon cutting, contact the Jackson County Chamber at (517) 782-8221 or Michigan Theatre at (517) 783-0962.