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Grand Rapids in 1856

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Regent Theater

Regent Theater


The theater, an Italianate-style building, can be accurately dated by the sign on the corner of the building announcing the grand opening on August 10th and the date of the film named on the marquee, "Within the Law" which was made in 1923. The ornate front has arched windows on the upper level with a balcony facade. The level above the overhanging marquee has more elaborate windows including an arched center window.


Full Details

TitleRegent Theater
Current AddressNo longer exists
ArchitectC. Howard Crane of Detroit MI
ContractorMastenbrook & Grove of Grand Rapids MI
Date ConstructedCompleted 1923
Original OwnerRegent Theater Co., A.N. Albee, President
Original UseStage, vaudeville, and moving pictures
Information SourceNewspapers 1919-1923

Title by Institution. Located at 133 Crescent NW, the theater closed in 1964 and was demolished during urban renewal.
E. Howard Crane was a nationally know theater architect and designed over 250 movie palaces, including the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon which still operates as a theater .

CollectionPhotograph Coll., Grand Rapids History & Special Collections

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