1130 Wealthy Street SE,
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Wealthy Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Butterfield Theaters
Architects: Pierre Lindhout
Firms: Paradigm Design
Styles: Mediterranean Revival
Previous Names: Pastime Vaudette, Pastime Theatre
News About This Theater
- Oct 27, 2009 — Owner of fire-gutted Lebowsky Center hopes to have theater enclosed again by winter
- Apr 7, 2004 — Radio Days for the Wealthy Theatre?
Beginning life on April 23, 1911 as the Pastime Vaudette, this neighborhood theatre served as a vaudeville house but soon dropped live acts in favor of movies. During World War I the theatre served as a warehouse for the Michigan Warehouse company, reopening in 1920 with it’s current name of Wealthy Theatre.
The theatre received a significant renovation in 1934, beginning 39 years of business before it was closed in 1973. At that point the lobby was connected to an adjacent restaurant and the theatre fell into disrepair. The City of Grand Rapids slated the Wealthy Theatre for demolition when, in 1987, a group of concerned citizens mobilized to save the theatre.
After ten years of struggle and hard work on the part of volunteers, the theatre received her grand re-opening in September of 1999.
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