1130 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Wealthy Theatre, was constructed in 1911 for vaudeville and live theater, and later became a neighborhood movie house. It served during World War I as a warehouse for the Michigan Aircraft Company, and in the 1960s, offered the only regional venue for foreign films. It closed in the late 1970s and stood empty, decaying for more than 25 years before the South East Economic Development neighborhood association launched a capital campaign to fund its restoration. The Theatre re-opened in 1998 as a community arts center and heralded a transformation of the entire Wealthy Street business district.
Today, the Wealthy Theatre Complex is not only a landmark, community treasure with historic significance, but a pioneer in the infusion of technology into traditional theatre. We’ve evolved the idea of “stage and seats” in a revolutionary way, retaining the old while embracing the new. The CMC Capital Campaign allowed for critical improvements: a concert sound system, electrical upgrades; new projection screen, a grand curtain; a micro-cinema space; renovations, repainting and upgrades throughout.