Douglas Auto Theatre

1900 Douglas Avenue,
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Previously operated by: W.S. Butterfield Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Auto Theatre

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Douglas Auto Theatre

Opened on April 14, 1955 with Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront”. It was operated by A.O. Ochs who operated it until 1961 and then by Butterfield Theatres until its closing in July of 1985. This ozoner was listed with a 800 car capacity and a single screen. Since closing the theatre has been demolished.

Note: The marquee for the Douglas Auto Theatre is on display at the Henry Ford Museum.

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Twistr54 on October 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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this will take you to a few photos of the Douglas and 131 Drive ins,,131 was in Plainwell MI

DavidZornig on December 21, 2019 at 12:14 am

Circa 1955 post card added courtesy Walter Jung. Appears to have been called just Auto Theatre originally.

rivest266 on April 14, 2024 at 2:43 pm

Opened on April 14th, 1955. Grand opening ad posted.

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