Garden Theater

39-41 Michigan Avenue W.,
Battle Creek, MI 49014

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Architects: Charles Howard Crane

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Garden Theater

The Garden Theater opened in 1913. I found a photo of the Garden Theater on a library site. (Click below for the photo) In the photo, there is an advertisement on the right side that has the name “Lew Dockstadter” and on the left side of the photo by or on the bottom of the door there is a sign that says “Dan”. I did some checking and I could only find one movie listed for Lew Dockstadter and the title of that movie was “Dan”. Imdb lists that movie as 1914 so I would assume that this photo was taken close to that year.

The Garden Theatre was remodeled in the fall of 1917 to the plans of architect Charles Howard Crane. It was closed in the spring of 1929.

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teecee on July 29, 2005 at 4:38 am

A Kimball organ was installed in the Garden Theatre in 1913. Yet another Kimball was installed in 1922.

kencmcintyre on February 22, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Here are updated links for the two Willard Library photos above:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 29, 2010 at 7:26 am

Main Street is now called Michigan Avenue. The address for the Garden Theatre should be 39-41 Michigan Avenue West.

The Garden was one of seven theaters listed in the 1914 Battle Creek city directory. This timeline of events in Battle Creek says that the Garden Theatre opened in 1913.

JAlex on August 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm

An item appearing in the April 28, 1929 issue of Film Daily magazine noted that the Garden,a 13-year-old house, had closed and would be razed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2018 at 5:31 pm

The Garden Theatre was remodeled in 1917. Construction was to start at once, according to the October 13 issue of Motography. Plans for the project had been prepared by C. Howard Crane.

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