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.

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Past Events

HIT Idol - Season 4!

Show Dates:

Friday, Nov. 07, 2014

Back by popular demand - this vocal competition features performances by local young people, aged 11 - 29. Participants compete in three different age groups:
* Youth in grades 5 thru 8
* High school aged youth
* Young adults (17 - 29)
Auditions: were conducted over the weekend of Friday, Saturday & Sunday October 3-5, 2014. Of some 70 young vocalists who tried out, 44 were selected.
Rehearsals: Contestants selected to be part of the two-day show have been rehearsing (a lot!) and are getting ready to put on a first-class show!
Performance: Each contestant will present one song for the panel of expert judges. Six winners (2 in each age category) will be announced at the beginning of Saturday's performance by American Idol Season 10 finalist, Naima Adedapo.
Special Group Numbers: the entire cast of contestants will perform a couple of special group numbers, and last year's winners will return for a special performance!

HIT Idol 2014 is proudly sponsored in part by:

* Indianhead Mountain Ski Patrol
* Midland Services Cenex
* The Ironwood-Hurley Rotary Club


Insane Asylum

Show Dates:

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Insane Asylum - a Halloween Haunted House - presented by the Awkward Stage Drama Club
The members of the Awkward Stage Drama Club (ASDC), in cooperation with the Ironwood Carnegie Library, Historic Ironwood Theatre (HIT), and Downtown Art Place (DAP) are thrilled to announce they will present a Halloween Haunted House on Thursday October 30th and Friday October 31st. The Insane Asylum event will lead participants on a scary tour of the basements of the Theatre and adjoining Downtown Art Place.

Announcing the event, club spokesperson and event coordinator Ethan Puisto explained how excited he was to be part of the team that is breathing life into the event. “It is so great to see so many people working together – teenage club members, parents, teachers and volunteers, and staff from the library, HIT and DAP are all contributing”. “We’ve got people working on sets, costumes, sound effects, lighting, stage effects, and make-up – it’s going to be awesome – and scary!” said Puisto.

The Insane Asylum will be open on Thursday October 30th from 5pm to 8pm and on Friday October 31st from 5pm to 11pm.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Carnival games and crafts for younger children will be available from 5pm to 8pm on both nights.

Underwriting support for the Insane Asylum is provided by State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant program.


Phantom of the Opera

Show Dates:

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Lon Chaney in Phantom of the Opera

Phantom PosterThe Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra. It was directed by Rupert Julian and starred Lon Chaney, Sr in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem as he attempts to make the woman he loves a star. The movie remains most famous for Chaney's ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film's premiere. A rare opportunity to experience this classic silent movie, accompanied by Andrew Rogers on our Barton organ. This 1929 restored version of the 1925 classic includes scenes that were cut from the original. Watch our website for information about bonus screenings and workshops on Friday 24th.   

Staff organist at both the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor and the Detroit Fox, Fr Andrew Rogers returns to HIT to accompany this classic silent horror flick.


Bonus Silent Movie Screenings

Show Dates:

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Free Barton Organ Workshop and Bonus Silent Movie!

Movie buffs are invited to a special free night of entertainment on Friday October 24th, when Michigan Theatre staff organist Andrew Rogers will accompany a couple of “shorts” -  including the 7½ minute Tom & Jerry cartoon,  Dr Jekyll & Mr Mouse and Buster Keaton's 21-minute silent movie The Haunted House.

Buster Keaton is a bank teller who becomes involved in a hold-up, counterfeiters, and a theatrical troupe posing as spooks in a haunted house. One of the more memorable sequences of the film involves bank teller Buster spilling glue all over his counter, reminiscent of a scene in his first film The Butcher Boy.  The film ends with a famous sequence of Keaton ascending to heaven, and then descending to Hades.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse - 1947 American one-reel animated cartoon and the 30th Tom and Jerry short, is a parody of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons in 1947, but lost to Warner Bros. Tweetie Pie, ending Hanna-Barbera's streak of four consecutive wins.

Rogers will also conduct an informal workshop and discussion on the practice of scoring silent films. So if you’ve ever wondered if scores were originally provided as part of the distribution of silent movies, or about the decisions that go into developing a silent movie score, and the different styles of accompaniment, come along and be entertained and informed by Andrew Rogers at this rare peek into the world of silent movies. He might even throw in a short concert!

This free, bonus evening of education and entertainment is partially underwritten by a grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation.


Arto and Antti Järvelä

Show Dates:

Thursday, Oct. 09, 2014

Cousins Arto and Antti Järvelä are musicians hailing from the famous Järveläs of Kaustinen – Finland’s first family of folk! Join Arto and Antti as they celebrate Finnish ceremonies and dance with their fiery fiddle, guitar and vocal harmonies.



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