The Sun Theatre Williamston plans to reopen in a few weeks, said owner Lisa Robitaille, postponing the scheduled Oct. 9 reopening due to COVID-19 concerns. For now, the theatre will continue serving popcorn ‘to go.’
Robitaille announced on March 16 via Facebook the temporary closure due to COVID-19 concerns. The theatre saw an outpouring of support on social media. The first popcorn ‘to go’ event happened days after on March 19.
Finding the thin line between expanding a community while holding on to it’s hometown environment is something Williamston has found. Through the expansion of its downtown with new apartment buildings and restaurants, the community has still managed to keep its label as a small-town neighborhood.
by Ariel Rogers
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
GRAND LEDGE- The small town of Grand Ledge is relatively conservative during the day, but on some Saturdays at midnight, fans of all ages come out to the Sun Theatre for a night of fun. Dylan Sowle organizes the showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the theater with the help of his friends. “I first went to ‘Rocky Horror’ at the Sun when I was in my sophomore year of high school, and I gradually got more involved,” Sowle said. “Around my senior year of high school, my friend who organized the showings decided she didn’t want to do it any more, so I helped take over so we could keep ‘Rocky Horror’ going in Grand Ledge.”
Sowle is on his sixth year of running the event that draws fans from as far as the Flint and Detroit areas. Die-hard fans
Russ Duce of Grand Blanc has been involved with the “Rocky Horror” community for four years and travels as far as Chicago to see casts perform.
GRAND LEDGE, MI – As the years go by small, historic businesses struggle to continue with technology updates. Chuck Pantera, brought up the issue up at Monday’s city council meeting as the owner of the Sun Theater, a small, vintage movie venue of Grand Ledge. Changing of the medium:
The movie industry is no longer supporting film because of its cost and is switching to only digital film. For small time theater owners like Pantera, these costs could mean the end of his business. Changing the 35 millimeter film projector into digital film will cost Pantera more around $64,000 and at his current ticket price of $2 per ticket he doesn’t think he will gain enough profit to pay for the transfer and worries it will cause the theatre to go out of business.