Kalamazoo State Theater added to National Register of Historic Places

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KALAMAZOO, Michigan – The Kalamazoo State Theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to a press release Thursday.

“Once one understands that there are over 90 years of memories in this space, so too does the realization that this is a great responsibility and an opportunity to do what we can to keep the legacy moving, ”said Stephanie Hinman, executive director of Kalamazoo State Theater. “Through our mission, to preserve this historic building by offering diverse and relevant programming for our community, we hope to help create more memorable experiences for years to come.”

The National Register is the official federal listing of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The properties on the list have significance in the history of their community, state or nation.

“We are truly delighted to be celebrating with the Hinman Company the official listing of the State Theater on the National Register of Historic Places,” said Mark A. Rodman, Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer. “They have been great stewards of this historic theater for over 30 years, but this designation truly recognizes the importance of the state to the community of Kalamazoo and the state of Michigan.”

Almost 2,000 properties across the country have been listed on the National Registry since the program began in the 1960s. It is part of the National Park Service and is administered by the states.

The Kalamazoo State Theater was purchased in 1985 by the Hinman Company of Kalamazoo, which has since worked on the maintenance and restoration of parts of the theater building.

Some of the major repairs included preserving the unique architectural features inside and outside the theater, repainting the hall spaces in the original colors with assistance from the Arts Department at Western Michigan University, and updating the necessary features such as electricity, heating and air conditioning, flooring and other toilets.

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