the state theatre

This ornate 1930's gem of a theatre, started out as The State Theatre, built by Thomas Shimmens and constructed in 1929, opened in August of 1930. Costing $60,000 of which $30,000 was a bond issue, all sold to citizens of Newberry. Seating was for 400 and shows changed four times a week. Movies were shown daily until 1969 and were an important corner stone for the area. This beautiful Upper Peninsula Historical Theater was built during the depression.  Beautiful woodwork, plaster and lighting fixtures made the theatre a unqiue place for our town.

Fred Dunkeld bought the Tahqua Land Theatre  in 1972, the theatre was closed and in severe disrepair.


Our 1973 Restoration

After a year of cleaning coal dust and gum, updating wiring and plumbing, rebuilding projectors, painting, and installing projector equipment we opened in1973.

As shown in the photo to the left the theatre met yet another mile stone during its growth through history.  We had brought the theatre back to life and it remained opened for the following 28 years.  Much needed repairs and an economic downturn had helped play a role in the next phase of this historic building.  In 2001 the theatre closed temporarily and  major restoration would begin.


tahqua-Land Theatre and A New Beginning

Operating continued until 2001, at which time we closed for more extensive renovation. Italian Artisans were brought in for over a 9 month period for extensive renovations and redecorating. Real Italian Stucco, hand casted plaster moldings, over 10,000 sheets of real gold leafing, and 11 large scale paintings / murals greet the patrons as they enter the movie theatre.  Extensive work was also done to the entrance and lobby area where Greek themed paintings greet visitors as they purchase their tickets.

State of the art rocker seating was installed along with new carpeting and restoration to original light fixtures.  Tahqua-Land Theatre reopened in 2003 to the delight of locals and visitors alike.  The Tahqua-Land Theatre had now become one of the most unique theaters in the mid-west.   With attention to every detail  being made, success seemed assured and and once again saved.