Ironwood Theatre - Ironwood Michigan

Theatre Location

113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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Theatre Office

Wed, Thur, & Fri:
Noon - 4:30pm
Tel: 906-932-0618
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109 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
(Two doors west of the main theatre entrance)

Operation of the Historic Ironwood Theatre is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

Art Works National Endowment for the Arts

Past Events

The USAF Band

Show Dates:

Monday, Apr. 18, 2016

USAF Band of Mid-America

The Band of Mid-America has a long history of entertaining the American public and promoting esprit de corps within the military. The unit strives to inspire the hearts and minds of our men and women serving around the world and to tell the Air Force story through the universal language of music.  The Band of Mid America includes numerous groups including a concert band, rock band, ceremonial band, a roots/folk band, a woodwind quintet and more. Each year, the Band of Mid-America performs for millions of people throughout a ten-state region from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Arkansas.

The Ironwood concert will feature the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble, a group of 18 professional enlisted musicians whose repertoire ranges from traditional big band jazz, to bebop and swing, to modern jazz. Their concerts are just as likely to feature the music of contemporary composers as the classic sounds of Count Basie or Glenn Miller. Several of the band's members are also gifted composers and arrangers, and their compositions are often featured in concert.

The band has backed many jazz greats such as Tex Benecke, Denis DiBlasio, Jamey Aebersold, Mike Smith, Bobby Shew, Allen Vizzutti, Jeff Jarvis, Mike Vax, Vaughn Nark, Bill Porter, Carmen Bradford, Shelley Berg, Joe Morello, Steve Houghton, and Walt Levinsky. The ensemble is often requested for featured performances at jazz clinics and festivals throughout the country.

The Ensemble frequently pays tribute to the Air Force's musical heritage, including a collaboration with actor Wilford Brimley on a highly acclaimed salute to Major Glenn Miller.

Whether performing for a head of state, playing the national anthem before a capacity crowd at a professional basketball or baseball game in Chicago or Milwaukee, or for our troops at home and abroad, the Shades of Blue reflects the heritage and pride of our great nation and the United States Air Force.

Don't miss this special Monday evening concert by the Shades of Blue Air Force Big Band. FREE ADMISSION, but donations will be appreciated.


Buster Keaton in "The Navigator"

Show Dates:

Sunday, Apr. 03, 2016

The Navigator.  A Special Sunday afternoon classic silent movie accompanied on the Barton organ by Tim Mesun.

Our hero, Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone, but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" which is owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of Rollo's whereabouts, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father, but spies capture him then cut the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialite passengers, each unaware there is anyone else on board.

At the time of the film's 1924 release, Variety magazine noted the novelty of Keaton's deep-sea diving costume and settings and praised "an abundance of funny business" in the film's underwater scenes.

Experience the Historic Ironwood Theatre just as our parents, grandparents and great grandparents experienced it back in the day. Join us at 2:00pm for a delightful Sunday afternoon as Tim Mesun plays a few favorite tunes then accompanies this silent classic on our Barton Organ.

Tim Mesun is well known around Ironwood for his numerous benefit concerts in aid of various local charities. He recently earned his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Gogebic Community College where he graduated with high honors (3.98 GPA), and as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Tim plans to continue his college education, majoring in music performance. 

Tim has frequently been involved with local theatre, including as a band member and rehearsal pianist for Theatre North's various musical productions, where has also created original music for a number of shows. Tim performs Barton organ preludes before most shows at HIT. This will be his first (public) performance as a silent movie accompanist. 


The Cat’s Pajamas 2016

Show Dates:

Monday, Mar. 28, 2016

The Cat's Pajamas Vocal Band is a five man a cappella group that has toured the world since 2005 and recently appeared on NBC's The Sing-Off. Founded by Brian Skinner and Nate Mendl, The Cat's Pajamas entered the national spotlight when they placed in the top 10 while performing their Oreo Cookie Jingle for Randy Jackson. After years of performing on cruise ships as guest entertainers, The Cat's Pajamas now perform more than 200 shows per year in Branson, MO and throughout the United States.

Through their Music In Schools Tour the Cats perform choral clinics and work with high school music students to emphasize the importance of staying involved with choir and band. Partial proceeds from each show get donated back to the music department at the school they are working with. Over the years The Cat's Pajamas have raised more than $90,000 for high school music programs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

Tickets are available at the Theatre box office or LLW high school office. Tickets wil also be available at the door - but you can save youreself a couple of bucks if you purchase in advance.


Larry Gatlin

Show Dates:

Sunday, Mar. 20, 2016

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE! Show rescheduled to SUNDAY MARCH 20, 2016 at 7:30pm

By age seven, Larry Gatlin was already accompanying younger brothers, Steve and Rudy, singing at family and church events. After high school, Larry went to the University of Houston on a football scholarship, where he majored in English and developed "a love affair with the English Language" that later served him in his songwriting.

On the strength of his songwriting talents, Larry Gatlin became known throughout Nashville music Industry. While Steve and Rudy were finishing college, Larry was already touring the small club and listening room circuit as a solo act, looking forward to the time when he could afford to expand his live show to include his brothers.

Known for his rich tenor voice and for the string of pop-inflected hit songs he wrote and recorded throughout the 1970s and 80s, Larry Gatlin is American Country Music royalty. His songs have been recorded Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Streisand, Tom Jones, and yes, Elvis Presley. His hits are too numerous to list, but include "Broken Lady", "All the Gold in California", "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)", "She Used to Be Somebody's Baby", and "Talkin' to the Moon".

"An Evening with Larry Gatlin" is sponsored in part by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) minigrant program, administered by Region 1A  Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC). We are grateful to the CCCAC for their support

This is definitely a “not-to-be-missed” concert by a true icon of American country music.

DOORS & KELLY'S BAR OPEN 6:30 pm;  BARTON ORGAN PRELUDE 6:45 pm;  SHOWTIME 7:30 pm

Make a donation and your gift will be doubled!
If you are a fan of Gatlin, you will know that tickets for his shows typically sell for anywhere from $35 - $90.  To keep our ticket prices low, we rely on the generosity of donors and underwriters to help pay for performance fees. Long-time friend of the theatre Don Funk is encouraging all ticket buyers to make a voluntary donation when you buy your tickets - and he will generously match all donations $ for $.   We've added some "Yes, Match My Gift" options to the on-line ticket purchase page. If you'd like to help, it is pretty simple.  After you specify your seat type and number of seats, please click the <Continue Shopping> button then select a donation level appropriate to your budget.

If you can afford a few extra dollars, and you want to see more nationally known, name acts here in Ironwood, please make a donation when you buy your tickets.


The Big HIT Wine & Beer Fest

Show Dates:

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016

We hope you purchased your tickets in advance, but... a LIMITED number of tickets will be available at the door.

A brand new event in support of the Theatre! Combines our Holiday Auction with WineFest.  Bring a group of friends along to the Ironwood Memorial Building for an evening of craft beers, fine wines, and gourmet hors d'oeuvres. Bid on an exciting array of silent auction items. Raffles and door prizes, too. Not to mention some great entertainment by Don Dugan and a couple of our HIT Idol youth vocalists. Best of all, at the end of the evening, you will go home with that warm inner glow, knowing you've helped preserve our shared history through your contribution in support of one of the Gogebic Range's cultural icons - our beloved Historic Ironwood Theatre. See you there!

Among the items on either the auction block or raffle tables are:
* Flat Screen TV
* ABR 2016-17 Ski Trails Season Pass
* "Evening with Larry Gatlin" - reserved seats, popcorn, and Afterglow Meet n Greet
*  Air Choice One Airline Tickets
* Gas grill - with meat to cook on it!
* Pair of Snowshoes
* Matted & framed nature photograph
* Main Street Fitness health club memberships
* Fine wines
* Pet care and pet beds package
* Restaurant gift certificates
* Golf packages

Don't miss the special Purse Raffle: Approximately 12 Coach and Michael Kors purses will be stuffed with various items including wine, gift certificates, pictures, and wine parerphanalia.

And a wonderful assortment of really fun Gift Baskets, including:
* Aveda skin care - assorted cosmetics and skin care products
* Movie Night at Home - DVDs and popcorn
* Jenga Tower - assorted classic board games
* Coffee Lovers' - includes Keurig coffee maker, mugs, biscotti, & coffee
* Fire Pit - fire pit, camp chairs, 'shmallow roasting forks, and all the fixins for S'mores
* Gardeners' - includes, hose, garden tools, gloves, and a garden supplies gift card
* Rainy Day - umbrella, jigsaw puzzle, blanket, board games and video rentals
* Crafty Basket - Fabric Patch and Nannette's Knits gift cards, yarn, needles, & adult coloring book
* A Night on the Town - $75 Brewsters gift certificate and two (2) Cloverland Cinema movie passes
* Pamper Yourself at the Spa - includes a one-hour massage, shampoos, perfumes, clutch purse
* Pot o' Gold - 25 lottery tickets, chocolates and more
* Poker Night - includes deck of cards, poker chips, manly snacks, and beer caddy (pictured at right)      

Do you have a Packer-crazy friend or family member?
Look what is on the list of available auction items.
Now wouldn't that make a great graduation or birthday gift?

We'll keep updating this list as items are added, so be sure to check back soon for more details.


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