Booher: State grant paves way for renovation of historic Vogue Theatre in Manistee

Sen. Darwin Booher congratulated the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee on Monday for receiving a grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) that will help them renovate the historic venue into a 900-seat movie theater.

“This is outstanding news for Manistee and the entire community. It will pave the way for an investment in Downtown Manistee of more than $2 million while also helping put an historic building back to productive use,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I applaud the Historic Vogue Theatre, Manistee downtown development officials and local residents and businesses for working together to create jobs in Michigan by making this expansion a reality. It is an illustration of the great strides we can make to reinvent Michigan through teamwork.”

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee was awarded a $503,592 Michigan Community Revitalization Program incentive to renovate both the interior and exterior of the building, make structural improvements, install new sound and lighting equipment and new seating as well as improve the surrounding sidewalks. 

The program provides grants, loans or other assistance of up to $10 million to projects that will revitalize regional urban areas, act as a catalyst for additional investment in a community, reuse vacant or historic buildings and promote mixed use and sustainable development.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of approximately $2.4 million. The City of Manistee Downtown Development Authority is offering support to the project valued at $308,250 in the form of land contribution, locally committed grants and low-interest loans.

“In addition to state and local government support, the Vogue Theatre project has also received generous donations of more than $127,000 from area resident and businesses,” Booher said. “Without the hard work and cooperation of everyone involved, from the Michigan Strategic Fund board to local families, this renovation and the jobs it will bring to Manistee may never have happened.”