20131002104817-alger_instaThe Friends of the Alger are committed to transform our 1930s, art deco movie house into a community center to learn about, create and experience art. The Alger will provide an anchor for a thriving neighborhood and commercial corridor.


Goodbye Dear Friend

The Friends of the Alger pay tribute to long-time member, board member, neighbor and supporter, Glen Bechtel, who passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the age of 58.

Glen is the beloved son of Beverly and the late Earl, loving father of Nicole (Matt) Coury, Sarah and Brent ,cherished grandfather of Matthew, Olivia and Logan and dear brother of Vicki (Jeff) Mach, June Gebstadt, Jackie Paton, and Ken (Amy) Bechtel.macombdaily_bechtel362871_20140823

Glen was an enthusiastic supporter of the Alger and could be seen on the third Saturdays of the month popping popcorn for our young viewers for hours on end. The machine was always powered by his generator that he lugged to the park every month. For these and many other contributions and for his enthusiasm and cheerful smile we will miss Glen on our team.

Visitation Wednesday 2-9 p.m. with Scripture service 7 p.m. at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. Funeral on Thursday, instate 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park.

Garage Sale – REDUX!

Alger customer enjoying her loot.

A young Alger customer enjoying her loot.

The Friends had an encouraging number of visitors and sales for the neighborhood-wide garage sale last Saturday. We still have great finds and fun items like 1960s books and decorations,  ready- to-use file cabinets and a pair of light-up pink flamingos. Therefore, we taking donations and planning for another go round, to be held this Saturday, August 23 from 11 -4pm.

Items donated to the theater for the sale are eligible for a tax deduction and a receipt will be provided upon request. Call Brenda at 313-516-7956 to arrange a time to drop off donated items.



 Film on the Hill Celebrates 5th Season


Crowd-funding Campaign Success!

The Alger Theater has a BIG goal for 2014. To raise enough money to make necessary safety improvements to the theater and temporarily open the theater for events BY THIS SUMMER!!!

How much money? $60K.

How are we going to do that?

Here is the plan: $45,000 from major donor gifts (we have $15,000 promised to date) and mini-fundraisers ($1900 raised from our Lily’s Seafood fundraiser) with more events to come.

Thanks – huge thanks – to our friends, families and neighbors for supporting a $5000 crowd-funding campaign (we raised $6216- 120% of our goal – through Indiegogo).


Other plans in the works are a pub-crawl, some door-to-door canvassing, a music and/or spoken word fundraiser…bottom line, more fun to follow as we reach that big goal!

Much love,

The Alger