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A Tour of Mount Clemens, Michigan

"Bath City" • Emerald Theatre • Macomb County

 

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Mount Clemens is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 17,312. It is the county seat of Macomb County. Historically, Mount Clemens' largest industry was the mineral baths that were scattered throughout the city from 1873 until 1974.

 

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The city once encompassed 11 bathhouses and several hotels at its peak. The first bathhouse was built in 1873 and was known as “The Original” and was located on the corner of Jones and Water Street.

 

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Over the years, noted visitors such as film actors Clark Gable and Mae West, athletes Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey, news magnate William Randolph Hearst, and the Vanderbilt family vacationed in the city for the bath industry.

 

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The Macomb Theatre opened its doors to the public on July 25, 1921 with a capacity crowd of 1635 to watch the vaudeville performance of Pretty Baby followed by the film Scrap Iron starring Charles Ray.

 

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In 1981 the Macomb Council for the Performing Arts gained control of the Theatre and brought live performances to the stage for the first time in nearly forty years. The 1990s brought new life into the old Macomb Theatre as it underwent yet another transformation, this time into a night club format.

 

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In 2000, the theatre was purchased by its current owners, and renamed The Emerald Theatre Complex. Extensive renovation was done to the exterior of the building by adding new ornamentation, lighting and a digital marquee. The Emerald opened its doors to the public on October 13, 2000 with a sold out performance of famed jazz artist Earl Klugh.

 

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