Campus Theatre

407 E. Grand River Avenue,
East Lansing, MI 48823

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Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres, W.S. Butterfield Theaters Inc.

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Lucon Theater, Lucon Theatre

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Campus Theatre

The Lucon Theater was opened prior to 1914 when it was listed with 1,500 seats. Newly constructed as the Lucon Theatre it reopened December 10, 1950 with Jane Wyman in “The Glass Menagerie”. It was renamed Campus Theatre when the Butterfield Theaters chain acquired it on July 13, 1962. It was on E. Grand River Avenue directly across from the Michigan State University campus.

The rather plain auditorium was twinned on September 5, 1980. After being acquired by the Kerasotes chain, it closed in 1987, the victim of the ever-expanding number of mall cimemas in the greater Lansing area and the large number of movie options available to MSU students and staff at many on-campus locations.

The lobby area became a part of the adjacent bookstore; the auditorium was demolished during the construction of a parking ramp behind the block of stores in which the theater was located.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

rivest266 on September 6, 2016 at 4:06 pm

This opened on December 10th, 1950 as Lucon. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

rivest266 on September 9, 2016 at 3:42 pm

July 13th, 1962 grand opening ad and article as Campus also in the above section.

rivest266 on September 11, 2016 at 10:53 am

September 5th, 1980 grand opening ad as a twin also in the photo section.

DavidZornig on August 8, 2017 at 6:46 am

1965 photo added courtesy of Paula Regaladoā€ˇ.

DavidZornig on November 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

Campus Theatre in this video.

DavidZornig on July 9, 2020 at 8:24 am

Campus Cinemas on the face of the marquee, 1986 photo added credit Dick Rosemont.

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