Ironwood Theatre - Ironwood Michigan

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113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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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

Upcoming Events

The Age of Love

Show Times:
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Cost:
Free!

Thanks to a grant from the Aging Friendly Iron County Community Coalition, the Iron County Health Department and the Historic Ironwood Theatre invite everybody to a unique Valentine's weekend movie event - The Age of Love.

If there is a greater universal truth than the power of music, it is the power of love. The Age of Love is a ground breaking new documentary that captures the universal nature of love through a humorous, poignant and unprecedented inside look at the dating scene for 70-to-90-year-olds.

The Age of Love is a simple, honest look at ordinary people finding themselves unexpectedly looking for love in late life. It follows older adults who agreed to be filmed as they participate in the emotional rollercoaster of speed dating.Yes, speed dating — for septa-and-octogenarians. It’s a growing trend nationally and when filmmaker Steven Loring learned that 30 adults age 70-to-90 had signed up for a speed dating event in his home town of Rochester, NY he started calling participants to ask if he could interview them and film their experience.

Speed dating is a structured event that gathers a group of singles together and pairs them with one-another in a series of five minute mini-dates. Participants note down potential romantic interests on a scorecard that is submitted to an organizer after the event. No contact information is exchanged but if the scorecard indicates chemistry individuals are notified by mail and it’s up to them to take it from there.

One audience member at an early screening called it “the best reality show I have ever seen.”  That is actually a profound compliment to the filmmaker and participants. Dating late in life is no joke. We are inundated with cultural messages and advertisements telling us we are less beautiful and less desirable the older we get.

Many people find themselves alone and isolated just at the point in life when they most need and desire companionship. As Janice, one of the film subjects, put it, “The heart might even be capable of more love now then before because I think I have a lot of love to give but I don’t have all the distractions I had before.”

Loring told the website Senior Planet about an even more poignant conversation he had with another subject in the film. That woman told him, “‘My own children don’t ask me what’s in my heart, what I’m feeling. They ask me what I need, they take care of me, they love me. But they never ask me about what I’m feeling emotionally. And I have so much to tell you…’”

From a critical standpoint it’s a phenomenal film, no question – it’s getting rave ratings. But from a transformational viewpoint this film humanizes aging in an unprecedented way. It’s subversively radical. This film lets viewers – no matter their age – genuinely experience the truth that love and companionship transcend age.  Why is that subversive? It flies in the face of our culture’s rampant ageism, perpetuated by the mass media through propaganda that tells us that love, passion, sex and beauty are the exclusive domains of youth.

“When they put themselves out there and participated in this event these people just came alive,” Loring said. “They told me they felt liberated from society’s stereotypes.”

Our mainstream media uses propaganda to dehumanize old people and pressure all of us into buying youth-centric products. Is there a more damaging stereotype than the myth that older people or disabled people or people living with cognitive changes like dementia do not desire or deserve love, companionship and physical intimacy as much as anyone else?  The beauty and power of The Age of Love is that it doesn’t hit viewers over the head with this message or an agenda. And there are no fairy tale endings in this film. It simply gives viewers the experience of feeling feel what those in the movie feel.

Presented by the Iron County Health Department, 

This Valentine's Day weekend, accept a gift from the Iron County Health Department - come to the theatre and celebrate the fact that love is not the exclusive domain of the young!

DOORS OPEN 1:00 pm;  BARTON ORGAN PRELUDE 1:20 pm;  SHOWTIME 2:00 pm


The Big HIT Wine & Beer Fest

Show Times:
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at 7:00pm
Cost:
$40 per person. Includes admission, gourmet hors d'ouevres, wine and beer tastings and more!


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A brand new event in support of the Theatre! Combines our Hoilday Auction with WineFest.  Dress up and 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. And at the end of the evening, go home with that warm inner glow, knowing you've helped preserve our 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 currently on the auction block are: 

* Flat Screen TV
* Fine wines
* Restaurant gift certificates
* Gourmet food baskets
* Golf packages
* Weekend Getaways
* Special purse raffle: Approximately 15 Coach and Michael Kors purses will be stuffed with various items including wine, gift certificates, pictures, and wine parerphanalia

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

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


Larry Gatlin

Show Times:
Saturday, Mar. 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Cost:
$35 Reserved $25 General Admission $5 Student


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Larry Gatlin was born in Seminole, Texas, the son of an oil driller. The oldest of the three Gatlin brothers, he was by age seven, already accompanying younger brothers, Steve and Rudy in 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".

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 Cat’s Pajamas 2016

Show Times:
Monday, Mar. 28, 2016 at 7:30pm
Cost:
General Admission: $12 Adults (in advance) or $15 (at the door). $6 Students (in advance) or $8 (at the door)


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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.


Buster Keaton in "The Navigator"

Show Times:
Sunday, Apr. 03, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Cost:
General Admission: $10 Adults $5 Students

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, graduating with a 3.98 GPA from Gogebic Community College and 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 USAF Band

Show Times:
Monday, Apr. 18, 2016 at 7:30pm
Cost:
Free! Donations Appreciated.

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.