Garden Theatre, Frankfort, MI / photo by Kathy McLeister

Garden Theatre, Frankfort, MI

THS’s last stop for Day 1 was the Garden Theatre in the lakeside town of Frankfort, Michigan.  The Garden graciously allowed THS members to visit their theatre in spite of a scheduled evening event.  After visiting the theatre, THS members were turned loose in the town for dinner before the long bus ride back to Grand Rapids.

Garden Theatre, Frankfort, MI / photo by Kathy McLeister

Originally built in 1923, The Garden Theater reopened, following an extensive renovation.  It was primarily a volunteer based renovation with members of the community donating valuable time and resources. Many updates have been made, including the installation of new seats, a new heating and cooling system, upgraded Dolby digital sound, art deco tile restoration, and numerous behind-the-wall upgrades.  More renovation work is needed, but the Garden is well on its way.


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  1. Gary Parks

    I love how this theatre has preserved its original 1923 facade, but has also preserved the much later marquee and entrance. So many times, organizations will choose to replicate original (plainer) marquees from the early 20s or Teens, and the wonderful neon of the theatre’s later life of the 30s, 40s, or 50s gets lost. In an America where too many downtowns have lost the cheery nighttime street scapes they had in the mid Twentieth Century, it’s important to maintain the fine marquees which survive.

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