Manistee's Historic Vogue Theatre
HISTORY OF THE VOGUE THEATRE
It was 1938, and the effects of the Great Depression had hit Manistee hard. Film, then a new art form, was emerging as a popular distraction for Americans. After five years of planning, the Vogue Theater opened to the public on January 12, 1938. For the next 47 years, the Vogue entertained audiences with Hollywood films, but due to rising costs and declining community interest, the lights dimmed and the Vogue was closed. It was sold and reopened in 1985 as a two-screen theater. For various reasons, the theater closed two more times in 1995 and 2005... and seemed to close for good in 2008. The Manistee Downtown Development Authority then purchased the Vogue in 2010 for $65,000... and because of Michael Moore's enthusiasm and vision, the restoration project began. Actor John C. Reilly, who has a home in Ludington, performed with his band in June 2013 at the Vogue to begin the final fundraising stage.
The Vogue Theatre restoration is the largest volunteer-led initiative in the history of Manistee. Over 650 people and organizations have financially made a donation, and more than $1.9 million has been raised, with just over $500,000 left to go. In early December, an anonymous donor made a $100,000 donation on the condition that an equal amount first be raised by the Vogue Capital Campaign. With that money and the money that hopefully will be matched, the total raised will be $2.1 million. Visit www.voguetheatremanistee.org to donate or volunteer.
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