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Days gone by: Star Theatre opens in Gladwin, 1935

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Posted: Friday, January 2, 2009 12:00 am

Day’s Gone By in Gladwin County is a publication of the Gladwin County Genealogical Society in cooperation with the Gladwin County District Library and the Gladwin County Record & Clarion.

Star Theater opens:

June 29, 1935

Gladwin’s new Star Theater will open Saturday, June 29, 1935 with a performance in both the afternoon and evening, according to Mrs. W. J. Millard, proprietor. The opening feature is Zane Grey’s “Home on the Range” with Jackie Coogan and Randolph Scott. Frank Maier, who has been supervising the construction for Mrs. Millard, says the theater will be one of the most modern structures in Michigan. Completely rebuilt, the theater will have a seating capacity of almost 300.

New sound equipment and a new screen, coupled with specially constructed ceilings and walls, assures the theater of excellent acoustic properties.

An example of the new modernistic architecture, the building has been spray-enameled white and black on the exterior. On the inside, appropriate pastel shades and brighter colors have been blended into a uniform modernistic effect.

Local labor and local building supply firms were patronized wherever possible in the building of the new theater. The following Gladwin County concerns furnished materials for the construction work. Charles Wolohan, Inc., Frank Ward, Gordon Capling, Rogers and Neely, Charles Oglestone, Ernie Korkoske, F.J. Flynn and Sons, Beaverton Concrete Works, J.E. Capling and Willis Smith.

(The above was taken from the Gladwin Record dated June 26, 1935.)

The Star Theater building is now occupied by the Gladwin County Historical Society. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the remodeled facility you should do so soon, especially now during the holiday season – it feattures some of the prettiest holiday decorations of any building in Gladwin.

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