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Historic & Irreplaceable Michigan Theater Avoids Wrecking Ball: Landmark To Be Saved.

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Uploaded on Nov 1, 2011

Welcome to the RQVOutdoorMoovies Channel. We look forward to and appreciate your comments and questions. If you like us, please LIKE us. Thank you. From REQUIRED VIEWING (1979 - 2007), my public access TV series.Production note: This was one of my favorite "adventures" back when I was producing weekly public access cable TV programs in Lansing, Michigan. We made a telephone call to the theater and simply asked if we could videotape the insides of the structure. An appointment was made, and when we got there, our contact had arranged to bring all these people, including the mayor of Jackson, which we interviewed, creating a segment I am very proud of. Notice how we keep cutting between color and black and white? Me being artistic? In a way. We shot this with two color cameras, but failed to properly "white ballance" one of them, creating a green tint. But I'll take credit for the ultimate product, this clip you are viewing. When I was a kid back in the 1960's and 70's, I had the fortune to have 4 historically significant theaters to choose from. In nearby East Lansing, right across the street from MSU, was the beautiful CAMPUS (Original name: LUCON), which originally sat over 1,000 on the main floor. No belcony, however, there was a 16 seat glassed in - piped in sound "cry booth", where parents with unruly kids & us teenagers who found it could go and...well...THAT'S another story. We lost the CAMPUS because Student Book Store enlarged, selling the theater property to the city. Look for a five stort orange parking ramp. East Lansing's other movie theater was demolished so that East Lansing State Bank could create drive through banking and eight...count 'em! EIGHT @#%^ing parking spaces! The STATE was located just off of Grand River Avenue, on Abbot Road, just one block (or 2) north of the MSU Union Building. It was smaller than the CAMPUS, but had great character. There was a small, perhaps 100 seat belcony built over the snack bar lobby entrance, the restrooms were in the basement. I watched it get demolished. Took lots of slides but couldn't get a camera that weekend. A few years later, the bank closed, creating 8 more parking spaces. About a mile and a half from my home was home to two theaters that have since been wiped off the earth.A T & T was next door to the GLADMER. It wanted loading docks and parking. Goodbye Gladmer, hello 28 parking spaces. Ironically, for some reason they ended up cementing over the loading docks. Makes you wonder. The magnificent MICHIGAN (formerlly STRAND) had an arcade, a grouping of stores that led to the ticket booth. A developer somehow got the arcade designated as a historical landmark and obtained funds to rennovate it into office space. They attempted to destroy the entire auditorium, but, the belcony still stands today because it was built so well. My local theaters were long gone when I taped this footage in Jackson, Michigan. Today, the Jackson, Michigan MICHIGAN THEATER is alive and well. This video serves as a witness of the beginnings of it's salvation. These landmarks are irreplaceable, but some people just see them as trash to be removed. Office space. Parking lots. What a waste! Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for viewing this historical documentation.
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