139 W. Washington Street,
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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Delft Theaters Inc., GKC Theatres
Architects: Demetrious Frederick Charlton, Lawrence Monberg
Firms: Monberg & Wagner
Previous Names: Carmike Delft 5
Located on W. Washington Street, this old downtown house opened in 1914 as a single screen theatre seating 650. It was remodelled in 1940 to the plans of Chicago, IL architect Lawrence Monberg.
It has been converted into a modern five screen theatre in a historic setting and still utilizes the original marquee. Last operated by Carmike, it was closed in 2012.
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This is an interesting setup — the original entrance with the marquee is closed and you enter in the rear through what is really the original basement. All the theaters are therefore upstairs. Two are carved back to back in the original stage space and the other three are created out of what was the original auditorium. Although it is unusual, at least this old, downtown theater is still standing and still showing movies.
Here is another photo of the marquee:
An item in the September 4, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World said that C. J. Butler of Ishpeming had hired architect D. Fred Charlton to design his new theater there, and added that Charlton had been the architect of the Delft Theatres in Munising and Marquette.
Is this closed? Showtimes no longer at the Carmike site.
We walked by this theatre earlier in the week. There is plywood covering the Washington Street entrance and some kind of construction work going on inside. The map is way off. A more accurate address would be 139 W Washington.
The renovated Delft Theatre is now the home of the Delft Bistro, a bar and restaurant. Their web site says they show movies nightly, but doesn’t give any information about format. I suspect they are just running blue ray movies. They have a calendar style schedule on their “Films” page, but it’s blank, so you have to call the restaurant to find out what the feature film is on any given night.
I just called the Delft and talked to a gentleman who told me that they were showing a movie tonight. It is “When Harry met Sally” and at what time it would be showing.