Ironwood Theatre

109 E. Aurora Street,
Ironwood, MI 49938

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Previously operated by: Thomas Theatre Group

Architects: N. Albert Nelson

Functions: Live Performances, Movies, Movies (Silent)

Styles: Italian Renaissance, Moorish

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 906.932.0618

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Ironwood Theatre

The Ironwood Theatre opened June 30, 1928 as a vaudeville and movie house. The opening movie was William Haines in “Telling the World”. It is equipped with a Barton 2 manual 7 tranks organ which was opened by organist Bayne Cummins. It later switched to movies-only and by 1950 it was operated by the Thomas Theatre Group. It was closed in 1982. The Barton organ has been restored and is used on occasions when silent movies are screened.

The theatre was donated to the City of Ironwood and was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1985.

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Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

JimFles on November 5, 2005 at 11:57 pm

This is a wonderful theater to visit. The people are eager to show off there wonderful theater. It still has it’s
barton organ in good voice!!!

dpepin on July 18, 2006 at 7:44 pm

This theatre is alive and well. It is used regularly for concerts, stage productions and occasionally, for meetings.

The renovations are practically done and the theatre is beautiful!

The Barton Theatre Organ (affectionaly knows at the “Grand Old Lady of the Ironwood Theatre”) has also been undergoing restoration at the hands of volunteers guided by professional pipe organ technicians. Over the past seven summers work has brought the 2-manual, 7 rank instrument back to its glory. The instument is 100% orginial and is completely playable. Late in the winter of 2006, the console will be disconnected and shipped out for a complete restoration of it’s own. During the time, the orginal organ lift will be worked on, refurbished and restored as well.

Come and see our wonderful theatre and visit us and hear the “Grand Old Lady” sing!

atmos on November 12, 2006 at 10:32 am

The style is listed as Moorish/Italian Renaissance and the architect is Albert Nelson.

Johno on April 4, 2007 at 1:12 am

The Ironwood Theater’s 2/7 Opus 145 Barton Theater Organ in 2002 became the 42nd inductee into the American Theater Organ Society’s National Registry of Historic and Significant Instruments. The only inductee that year. Since then 12 more theater organs have been added to the registry.

kencmcintyre on August 26, 2007 at 9:05 pm

Here is a 1955 ad from the Ironwood Daily Globe:

dpepin on August 14, 2010 at 2:39 am

The long awaited restoration of the Barton Organ Console was done this past year. After an almost year-long restoration, the console was reinstalled in the Ironwood Theatre during June of 2010. A series of concerts/silent movies is planned for mid-September. Carlton Smith Pipe Organs of Indianapolis, IN did a fantastic job! The organ is completely playable/functional and sits on it’s own original Barton Theatre Organ Lift. It is one of six Barton Organs playing in their original installations. It is small, only 2 manuals and 7 ranks of pipes, but it really fills the theatre with a vibrant and glorious sound! Come and hear the Grand Old Lady sign once again!

DavidZornig on August 24, 2016 at 12:19 am

Circa 1957 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

robboehm on May 16, 2021 at 9:01 pm

For a time it was operated by the Thomas Theatre Group along with more than a dozen other Michigan Theatres.

Trolleyguy on December 23, 2022 at 5:24 pm

Movies should be added to functions. Sub run releases are listed on the website.

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