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Vassar Theatre, Vassar, MI

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The first stop on the ‘afterglow’ is the Vassar. This 1937 Art Deco gem was built for local brothers Stanley & Howar Smith. The theatre sustained major damage in 1986 when a majority of the town was flooded. Water levels reached 12 feet – more than halfway up the screen. In 1992 Tim O’Brien purchased the theatre annd began a 13 year labor of love restoration. In 2005 the Vassar reopened as a first run house.

3 Comments

  1. Gary Parks

    Great marquee! Looks like some of those we’ve seen in Davis Cone’s paintings. It is interesting how marquee and sign designs, particularly in the 30s and 40s, have a regional style to them.

  2. Tim OBrien

    The Vassar Theatre was, in fact, part of Davis Cone’s body of work. Many of the theatres in Michigan – including most of the Butterfield chain – had marquees designed and built by Long Sign in Detroit, hence the regional style.

    • Thank you for the further info, Tim. I was not aware that the Vassar had been immortalized by the talented Mr. Cone!

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