Franklin Theatre

S. Franklin Street,
Saginaw, MI 48607

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The Franklin Theatre opened in 1915 on South Franklin Street. It remained in operation until 1973 when it was destroyed by fire.

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Patsy
Patsy on November 17, 2005 at 10:38 am

On Cinema Tour there is a Franklin Theatre in Grand Rapids, MI. Anyone have information about this one?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2007 at 7:11 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 115 style “V” special was installed in the Franklin Theater on 12/20/1916.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 10, 2009 at 5:03 pm

From The Moving Picture World July 1915:

Col. W. S. Butterfleld was at Saginaw recently to take a lease on the new Franklin Theater to be used as a vaudeville house.

spectrum
spectrum on November 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Looks like it was demolished. I checked the entire length of North and South Franklin streets in aerial Google views, no sign of any theater.

Grand_old_architecture
Grand_old_architecture on December 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I’m sorry to report that the Franklin Theater was destroyed by fire in 1973. Also, the map is not correct. The Franklin was on the northeast corner of Franklin and either Janes or Federal St.

patifft
patifft on January 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I just found this site. My mother was the organist at the Franklin in the late 20’s, early 30’s. Her friend Eleanor Richter was the organist at the Temple. Mother said the saddest day of her life was the day they wired the theater for sound.

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