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Ramsdell Theatre

2002 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
101 Maple St
Manistee MI
(231) 398-9770

Visit Website Live Theatre National Register 1972
Record #12667  
 Opened: 1903
Architect(s): Solon Spencer Beman
Architectural Style(s):
National Register: 1972
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

According to the Historic Site plaque on the front of the building: "Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell -- pioneer lawyer, state legislator and civic leader -- built this theatre between 1902 and 1903. Many traveling companies played here and praised the features that made it unique among the playhouses of the era. Theatrical artist Walter Burridge painted the main curtain utilizing the theme "A Grove Near Athens". The dome and lobby murals were the work of Thomas Ramsdell's son, Frederick. Public spirited citizens saved the landmark from demolition in the early 1920s. It was acquired by the city of Manistee in 1943. The Manistee Civic Players have helped to preserve its architecture and interior decor. The Ramsdell Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972."

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April 2002 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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Last featured 3/9/2005. Last edited 2/18/2014.

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