Temple Theatre

125 W. Aurora Street,
Ironwood, MI 49938

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1916 photo credit Thomas Kangas.

Open by 1912, the Temple Theatre was still open in 1916, but had closed by 1920. Famous Pastry Kitchen appears to have been the last business on that site.

Contributed by David Zornig

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DavidZornig on April 8, 2023 at 8:39 am

Updated history: Per Raymond Gustafson: “Judy Garland’s father, Frank Gumm, was the manager of the Temple Theater in Ironwood as well as a singer there in 1912 before he moved to Superior where he met his wife and they then moved to Grand Rapids, MN where Judy was born.” Per Craig Allen Lewis: “In 1912, the Temple Theatre was run by W. F. Kelly.” (so before or after Frank Gumm)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 9, 2023 at 12:21 am

It appears that more than one house at Ironwood was called the Temple Theatre. I’ve also posted this item from the February 5, 1916 issue of Moving Picture World to our Rialto (aka Empress) Theatre page:

“W. T. Kelly, who has leased the Empress theater property at Ironwood, Mich., from O'Donnell & Nolan has made a number of changes. The building has been remodeled and hereafter will be known as the Temple theater. Triangle service will be used on Mondays and Thursdays, Paramount service on Wednesday and Saturday and other high class features the rest of the time. Admission will be ten and twenty cents. A twelve-piece orchestra will be used in connection with the Triangle films. Manager Kelly has renamed the former Temple theater of Ironwood the Strand and will operate a five and ten cent show there.”
The only theaters listed at Ironwood in a 1921 Michigan State directory were the Rex and the Rialto, so if this house last operated as the Strand it must have been closed by 1920

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