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Plaza 2 Theatre

2001 Photo from the Adam Martin collection
6235 S Westnedge Ave
Portage MI 49002

Record #5716  
 Opened: 1972
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use:
Capacity: 700 seats
Architect(s): Steenwyk & Thrall
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Jack Loeks Theatres

In 1970, John D. "Jack" Loeks, along with nine other stockholders, formed a new theatre circuit called Auto-Cine, Inc. with the intention of building small, automated twin theaters throughout western Michigan. The Plaza Theatre, which opened on October 25, 1972, was the fourth theater in this new circuit.

Originally envisioned as two theaters side-by-side, sharing a common lobby and projection room, the Plaza was changed to a back-to-back configuration when it was discovered that the surveyors had miscalculated the shape of the property. This created a common projection room and a long lobby along one side of the building.

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August 2001 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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1972 photos from the Jack Loeks Theatres collection.

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1972 document from the Jack Loeks Theatres collection.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 3/28/2010.

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