February 10, 2011
The Ludington Daily News reports that Michigan filmmaker Michael Moore was in Manistee yesterday morning announcing that his new State Theatre Project will support a community-driven effort to restore and reopen the 72-year-old theatre located in the heart of the City of Manistee:
“The people of Manistee are about to see what a popular, thriving movie palace can do for their downtown,” said Moore. “They will return the Vogue to being the crown jewel of Manistee. We will turn on the Vogue’s marquee lights, bring in some jobs, pump money into the economy and do it with a nonprofit venture staffed mostly by volunteers. The Vogue will show first-run movies plus documentaries, foreign films, kids movies and classics — something for everyone. The Vogue will be Manistee’s new town square.”
Moore explained that the Vogue perfectly fits the profile for his State Theatre Project, a nonprofit endeavor he’s funding to help replicate throughout the State of Michigan following his success with Traverse City’s State Theatre. Moore said, “It’s a wonderful, iconic theatre in the center of a downtown and the community is behind the revitalization and prosperity of both. This will provide the spark for the continued resurgence of Manistee and will serve as a model for other small, aspiring communities throughout the nation.”
Click through to read more. There’s also an interview with Travis Alden on Interlochen Public Radio about plans for the Vogue.
Water Winter Wonderland’s page on the Vogue Theatre has some great photos and a timeline. Michpics favorite Marjorie O’Brien has a photo in her excellent Michigan Theater Project gallery and writes that the Vogue opened in 1938 and was designed by Pereira & Pereira, architects.