Soo Theatre

534 Ashmun Street,
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

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Nhallesy80
Nhallesy80 on October 22, 2016 at 3:06 am

I grew up in the Soo. Probably 90% of the movies I saw between ages 5 to 18 were in the Soo theatre. I always thought it was unique even as a child because of the old architecture and design of the two cinemas. The red and blue cinemas which were so aptly named. Since moving out of state and traveling much of the United States, I’ve yet to find another theatre like this one at least that is still operating. It definitely had a phantom of the opera thing going on with the happy and sad masks that decorated the walls. Former patrons will remember that. I also remember the American cafe. I didn’t know that it was once a single theatre and a wall was put in to separate them but that would make sense because the rows of seats were crooked on the right and left side of the red and blue cinemas respectively. Thanks for the bit of nostalgia cinema treasures!

pjbingeneva
pjbingeneva on June 16, 2015 at 2:10 am

I was a projectionist here in the 70’s and early 80’s. To answer some of the commenters above, the drive-in theater was owned by the same guy, Joseph DePaul, a noted local businessman. (I worked there also). It was called the Starlite Drive-In and was at Pine Grove (near intersection of Mackinac Trail and 6 Mile Rd.) There was one other theater in town, further north on Ashmun St., called the Temple. Also owned by Mr. DePaul. It was the victim of a rather spectacular fire sometime in the 70’s. The restaurant next to the Soo Theater was actually in the same building along with a couple of other shops. It was the American Cafe, and yes it was very good. Real home cooking, back in the day, and very popular for lunch.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on December 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Ironically, with the pending closure of the Varsity Cinema 10, Michiganders will have to cross the border and go to Canada in order to see a movie in a theater.

dpellarin
dpellarin on August 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

The Soo Theater was a great little movie theater. Used to come over from the Canadian “Soo” to see movies here. Liked the little restaurant/diner next door.

KJB2012
KJB2012 on February 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Does anyone know the names of the other theatres that use to be in this city? They must have had more than one cinema.

ravenna65
ravenna65 on February 22, 2006 at 8:10 pm

This was the place where I took my two older kids to their first movie back around 1992. We saw Aladdin and the three of us had a great time. It was a real nice place with alot of old fashioned charm. We only lived there for a few years but I remember discovering and poking thru the ruins of a drive-in theatre on the south outskirts of town, the screen had fallen down and the area was overgrown with weeds but the projection house/concession stand was still standing. I don’t know what it was called but maybe somebody out there knows and could place it on this site