GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The abandoned 1930′s era Four Star Theater on South Division Avenue is in bad shape, but a historic preservation specialist sees the value in its restoration.
The marquee is covered with rust, the carpet is littered with bits of shattered glass and cat feces and paint is peeling around retro lighting fixtures from the ceiling.
Real estate investor Marcus Ringnalda, who purchased the 1930s-era community theater in 2017 for $160,000, is looking to restore the building into a multi-use community arts venue in Grand Rapids’ Burton Heights neighborhood.
“We want to create a space that really puts a stamp on this community and starts to build some identity for Burton Heights,” Ringnalda told MLive. “You know, there’s a lot changing in the world right now and construction pricing is one of them so the scope of the project isn’t fully set yet.”