Movie Lovers Wed in Historic Downtown Theatre

20160521_135102Located in Bad Axe, Michigan, this historic theatre has been serving movie goers since 1916! Construction on The Bad Axe Theatre began in 1915. When it opened the following year, it served as the meeting place for the Knights of Columbus. They had their dedication of the building on February 21, 1916. Their meetings were held here, as well as dinners for special occasions. At this time, the auditorium was used for local stage productions, and was also used to show silent movies. It has had several owners throughout the past 90 years. It is currently owned and operated by Mark Rolfe. Mark has been employed at the theatre since 1989 as a projectionist and became manager in 1994. He purchased the business in April of 2004 and has made several improvements such as upgrading the sound systems in both cinemas and giving the theatre a new look.

Becky and Chris transformed this historic theatre into a twinkling setting for their wedding day. Candles lined the walls and white draping created an alter complete with gorgeous floral arrangements on pedestals. Jamie, a friend of the family, was a great help with cues from the back of the theatre.  She did an excellent job keeping things running smoothly and even managed to get the three young flower girls and one adorable ring bearer down the aisle with smiles!  We received many compliments on our songs from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.  Becky chose The Swan by Saint-Saens, played beautifully by our cellist, for her processional.

Today’s couples look for unique ways to incorporate their guests into the ceremony. In place of a Unity Candle, Becky and Chris did a “Wishing Stone” ceremony. They asked each guest to pick up a river stone upon entering the theater and while holding it, say a blessing for them. They were then instructed to place the blessed stone in the bowl.  During the ceremony, the officiant Lynn McClymont, spoke of these blessed stones while the couple poured them into a vase. We applaud their creativity! We send our best wishes out to Chris and Becky on the newest chapter in their  made for the movies “life story.”

The Bad Axe Theatre

 

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