Temple Theatre

201 N. Washington Avenue,
Saginaw, MI 48607

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Temple Theatre

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A beautiful movie palace from the 1920’s located in downtown Saginaw with a wonderful sound rising out of the pit theatre organ. Originally operated by the W.S. Butterfield chain, this theatre was opened on July 28, 1927, by the same people that constructed the Fox Theatre in Detroit the next year.

The Temple Organ Society was mostly responsible for keeping the theatre maintained and open in the past. The theatre was closed in early-2002.

Restored to its original grandeur in 2003, the Temple Theatre was reopened in November, 2003, featuring some of the same style of vaudeville acts that were performed when the theater originally opened.

Contributed by David W Oppermann

Recent comments (view all 31 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2007 at 1:16 pm

A Barton theater organ size 3/11 was installed in the Temple Theater in 1927.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2007 at 9:55 pm

Here are two more photos of the Temple theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 17, 2008 at 7:49 pm

More photos can be found here.

Patsy on July 17, 2008 at 9:16 pm

After comparing the current to the past photos I noticed that the vertical marquee reading TEMPLE is not on the theatre facade anymore and it should be as I personally don’t like the current look.

Patsy on July 17, 2008 at 9:17 pm

In fact, you can see in the current photos where the vertical marquee was once attached between the 2 round exterior designs.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 9, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Here are some 1985 photos:




SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 9:51 am

Theatre Historical Society will be visiting this theater during our 2011 Conclave – “The Michigan Roads Less Traveled” June 21-25. See the website for details www.historictheatres.org

martymia2009 on July 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

These are beautiful pictures and bring back warm memories of my youth and saturdays at the Movie Theatre and going into another word for the afternoon.

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