Initially, The Star Electric Theatre showed silent films using live piano, player piano, and a phonograph to provide music accompaniment until 1931 when it was remodeled, complete with a sound system that could play “talkies”. “Parlor, Bedroom & Bath” was the first sound movie shown at the theatre, which played movies until 1974. Updated projectors were installed in 1987 for Milton’s centennial celebration but haven’t been used since then.
A still from the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor movie “The V.I.P.s” hangs in the back hallway of the theatre.
View from the projector booth
This clock was hanging in the projector booth. We plugged it in and it spun right up.
These two projectors were installed for the town’s centennial celebration in 1987.
Chair in the ticket booth
Numbered slots to keep everything in order
Throughout the years, as people gave their performances on stage, it became tradition that they would sign the back of the curtain. More recently that tradition changed to cast members signing a poster with the details of their performance.
Hurry Hurry Hurry – Senior Class 1924
The Inkster High School Orchestra visited and signed the curtain.
Ernest Ward’s Amusement Company
Front of curtain
Backstage prop shelf
Back of canvas – painted farm
I got the chance to visit the Little Star Theatre recently, while they were preparing for their annual children’s play. According to the region’s history book A Century of Area History, “The Star Theatre” was built in its current location in 1916 after operating in a different building for the previous two years under the name “The Star Electric Theatre”.
Full seating area
Wyler Watches clock up front
The ticket window is still ready for business.
The sales tax license from 1937 still hangs above the ticket window.
Front door advertising the upcoming children’s play.