Studio 28 to be demolished in a few weeksMarch 3rd, 2014 at 11:13 pm by Laff at the Movies under Entertainment
Its been closed for more than 5 years and now the building that used to be home for thousands of moviegoers will soon be torn down.
The lobby and concessions were buzzing for one last time at Studio 28 on Sunday, November 23, 2008… the last day of business for the West Michigan movie landmark. It was a popular spot for 43 years, opening on Christmas Day in 1965. At that time, there was just one screen with 1,000 seats. But times they were a changin’ …. Studio 28 expanded to 12 screens then later became the first-ever mega-plex theater in May of 1988 by adding eight screens for a total of 20 screens. It wasn’t just a theater it was THE theater for many. Many who saw their first movie there. Went on dates there. Brought their kids there. Studio 28 was a piece of the community and its closing was a sad sign of a changing 28th Street corridor.
Today, 5 years and 3 months after that sad day for those who grew up going to the big screens of Loeks Cinemas/Celebration Cinema… the news broke that the old building just couldn’t wait for someone new to set up shop, it was going to have to come down. We reported on the news tonight that Studio 28 will be torn down within four weeks… the roof is leaking, there’s broken glass, and the insides are deteriorating.
What will be left behind are the memories. Memories of the movies, the popcorn, and the fun times West Michigan had… at Studio 28.
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