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Holland in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Knickerbocker Theater

86 East 8th Street

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 26, 2017
1. Knickerbocker Theater Marker
Inscription.  An entertainment destination since 1911, the Knickerbocker has hosted many notable figures, including Harry Houdini and FDR. In the 1920s and 1930s the building was a venue for vaudeville performances and in later years was converted to a movie theater. Donated in 1988 to Hope College, the tradition is continued through the presentation of both live performances and film.
 
Erected by Holland Michigan Sesquicentennial.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series list.
 
Location. 42° 47.413′ N, 86° 6.191′ W. Marker is in Holland, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker is on East 8th Street east of College Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, between the theater entrance and the marquee. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 86 East 8th Street, Holland MI 49423, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Holland City Hall and Firehouse No. 2 (within shouting distance of this
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 26, 2017
2. Knickerbocker Theater
(marker visible between entrance and marquee)
marker); Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Outpost (about 700 feet away); Warm Friend (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Holland Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kraker (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tower Clock (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holland.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Knickerbocker Theatre. Tragedy struck on opening day of the theater in 1911 when co-owner, Tierman Slagh, was killed while hanging the large electronic sign outside; the Knickerbocker Theatre remained closed until new management took over later that year. (Submitted on July 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Knickerbocker Theatre. The first production in the reopened theatre, Brewer’s Millions, premiered on November 3, 1911. Although the show was a success, the Knickerbocker suffered from financial troubles for nearly four years before a new owner purchased the theater in 1915. Later in 1923, businessmen Horace Morton and Harry Jones purchased the
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Knickerbocker Theatre. They premiered a special Christmas Eve showing of The Courtship of Miles Standish. (Submitted on July 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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