Maple City Theatre - Adrian MI

Address: 137 S. Main Street
City: Adrian
State: MI
Zip: 49221
County: Lenawee
Open: 1908?
Capacity:
Owner History: E.S. White, E.T. Stack, E.A. Furman
Theater Type: Small Town Movie Palace
Number of visits to this page: 4614
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General Information:

This theater goes back to at least 1908. As the entry below indicates, the original owner sold the business to his assistant in May of 1913. Also in 1913 an E.A. Furman ran an ad promising to run the theater much as before. There is not much else to go on after that. The newspapers indicate a flower shop moved into the "former" Maple City Theater building in 1917. This was mentioned in a retrospective article in 1927.

The address is confusing because the article about the flower shop moving in indicates the address as 137 South Main. Cinema Treasures has it listed as 31 S. Main which no longer exists. The 1927 article does mention some address renumbering going on so that could explain it.

I lined up several old post cards with the current street views and I think I have the basic location figured out. The Maple City was adjacent to "The Emporium" in the old days. The Emporium seemed to be 1 building from the distinctive corner building. Counting the storefronts from the corner gets me to what is now 145 S. Main. It seems as of 2020 it is a novelty shop.

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Info Updates:
5/10/2013 - Dennis Gibbs
May 7, 1913, Adrian Daily Telegram: E. S. White today retired from the picture-show business, dispensing with the Maple City Theater he has owned for the past two months, and with a considerable degree of success. The business was sold to E. T. Slack, who has been assisting Mr. White since he opened the theater. Mr. White has not definitely decided as yet to his future course.
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Maple City Theatre - OLD POST CARD
OLD POST CARD
Maple City Theatre - OLD POST CARD
OLD POST CARD
Maple City Theatre - JULY 9 2022 PHOTO OF BUILDING
JULY 9 2022 PHOTO OF BUILDING
Maple City Theatre - 2017 VIEW OF PROBABLE LOCATION
2017 VIEW OF PROBABLE LOCATION
Maple City Theatre - COMPARING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT
COMPARING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT
Maple City Theatre - DEC 22 1913 AD
DEC 22 1913 AD
Maple City Theatre - JAN 25 1908
JAN 25 1908
Maple City Theatre - JAN 4 1927 REFERENCING 10 YEARS PRIOR
JAN 4 1927 REFERENCING 10 YEARS PRIOR
Maple City Theatre - JUL 25 1913 ANNOUCEMENT
JUL 25 1913 ANNOUCEMENT
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