Crane Theater (former), 219 East Third Street
Backstory and Context
In 1961 this structure was converted into a bowling alley by Russell Newport and Gene Fain and current building owners still operate the location as a bowling and entertainment center called Grace Lanes. The building's neon sign is a popular item with photographers.
The Carthage limestone-faced two story building located next this building was the Crane Hotel also owned by the Walter Crane, original owner of the theater building. The Crane Theater, that cost $50,000 to build in 1922, was one of Michaelis' last project since he died in a construction accident associated with the building of Joplin Missouri's Memorial Hall in 1923 (1).
Vertical Files, Powers Museum, Carthage MO
Vogel, Joe. Posting on http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/25820 (Crane Theater), viewed September 20, 2017. (1)