Tahqua-Land Theatre, Upper Peninsula Theater, Upper Peninsula Historical Theater
Fred Dunkeld bought the Tahqua Land Theatre in 1972, the theatre was closed and in severe disrepair shown in the photo to the right.
|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, but time would reveal one more hurdle to jump.|
We didn't know digital conversion reformatting was bearing down on us at twice the stated speed. Nobody comprehended this, nor the exurbanite cost to convert. The Tahqua-Land Theatre will need to raise funds for the digital conversion in order to "Stay Alive". The term "Digital or Die" says it all. We are not the only theatre confronted with this stuggle. It is predicted that over 1,000 small theatres across the nation will have to close. The only survivors will be those who fight hard and have the financial support from their communities and those who love historical theatres. Click here to visit our Digital or Die Campaign page.
"If the transition to digital projection was “Titanic,” it would swiftly proceed to the crew making the following announcement: “Will the wealthy and strong please step into the life boats. Will the weak and poor, most of the women and children, please step back away from the lifeboats and have a nice day.” — Michael Hurley, from the article: "We're About to Lose 1,000 Small Theaters That Can't Convert to Digital"