Soo Theatre

534 Ashmun Street,
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

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pjbingeneva on June 15, 2015 at 6:10 pm

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 on December 20, 2014 at 7:33 am

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 on August 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

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 on February 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

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 on February 22, 2006 at 12:10 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