Vogue named ‘Best Economic Project over $1 Million’

The Vogue was recently named "Best Economic Project over $1 Million." (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

The Vogue was recently named “Best Economic Project over $1 Million.” (Ashlyn Korienek/ News Advocate)

MANISTEE — With deep roots in the community, the Vogue Theatre is one reason why the downtown Manistee area attracts visitors from around both the state and nation.

After recently taking home a state-wide title, the Vogue now has another reason to celebrate its long-term reign in the community.

On Thursday, the Vogue was named the 2017 Michigan Downtown Association’s “Best Economic Development Project over $1 Million.”

Award announcements were made on Oct. 19 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Bay City.

David Mix, Vogue board of directors vice president, said Travis Alden, former executive manager, applied for the award back when he was working with the Vogue. Alden attended the ceremony on Thursday.

Mix said the Vogue faced some large competitors for the award, all from around the entire state.

“There were nine different contenders for the award,” said Mix. “There were a couple of other contenders up in this area in Cadillac, but it was basically all developments out of Lansing and Detroit.”

The Vogue Theatre was originally built in 1938. It had an “art-deco” theme and 935 seats, and operated regularly until the fall of 2005 when it was closed down.

However, it was purchased by the Manistee Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in 2010. The DDA sold the property to a nonprofit organization called The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee (HVTM).

The theatre then went through a rehabilitation project, which began in the fall of 2012.

When it was finished, the rehabilitation project cost more than $2.6 million. More than $2 million was raised from a wide range of private and public benefactors.

The Vogue officially reopened in December of 2013, with updated technology and two show rooms.

“There was a point where the building was in such disrepair when it was closed, but the fact we were able to restore a historic building on River Street and impact the community is really rewarding,” Mix said.

Mix said the restoration project brought more of a focus to River Street, reviving a historical building that held memories for many community members.

“With the Vogue restoration project, to receive this sort of recognition, is just an incredible opportunity for the Vogue and the Manistee community,” Mix said.

The award will soon be on display at the Vogue for the public to view.

In the future, Mix said the Vogue plans to continue reaching for higher goals and, one day, win more state-wide and national titles.

“We only hope that this is one of many recognitions we get, as we continue to move along and grow,” said Mix.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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