Washington Theater

602 Washington Avenue,
Bay City, MI 48708

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The Washington Theater opened in 1903. It was built on the same site as the Woods Opera House which burned down on August 29, 1902. In 1916 the Washington Theater was renamed the Washington Strand Theater. That lasted until 1925 when the name was changed back to the Washington Theater.

This theater closed around 1963 and the building was demolished in 1965 to make way for a parking lot.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 7, 2005 at 10:25 am

These messages were somehow saved to another area. I’m pasting them in here.

“This theater closed around 1963 and the building was demolished in 1965 to make way for a parking lot.” Another parking lot is certainly what this country needs!

posted by Patsy on Aug 18, 2005 pm31 8:56pm

This is a 1930 ad for the Washington Theater.

posted by lostmemory on Aug 23, 2005 am31 7:02am

A Marr & Colton organ was installed in the Washington Theatre in 1924. It was later moved to the Bay Theatre in Bay City, MI.

posted by TC on Aug 29, 2005 am31 8:24am

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 7, 2005 at 10:37 am

BTW….This is where I found these messages:
http://cinematreasures.org/links/13376_0_5_0_C/

I have no idea how they got there. We need to fasten these messages down better so they don’t slide around. :) Just delete this message.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I don’t think that’s the same building as seen in the 9/25/08 link. Maybe some error in the captioning.

Del Fox
Del Fox on November 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm

When I was living in Bay City I performed on the stage of the Washington. Also, I took photographs of the Washington Follies learning to be a photographer. If I can figure out how to do it I will post the pictures.

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