Temple Theatre

201 N. Washington Avenue,
Saginaw, MI 48607

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Temple Theatre, Saginaw, MI - auditorium from back of balcony

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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 25 comments)

Patsy on March 22, 2006 at 8:49 am

The Temple website (www.templetheatre.com)is really good and worth a look-see!

Theatremanager on September 28, 2006 at 1:05 pm

The Temple Theatre can be viewed in detail at http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=4304 This site has many excellent photos of the theatre and adjacent banquet and ballroom facilities. The images are very well composed and taken by Brad Miller.

Patsy on September 28, 2006 at 1:54 pm

Wonderful photos of this theatre, but it’s a shame that many of these theatres changed their marquees which were designed in the 20’s and are in keeping with the interior decor.

Theatremanager on September 30, 2006 at 3:29 am

Patsy, The original marquee was made of wood and became un-repairable. As film titles got longer, it was impossible to place that many letters on the sides of the portico type sign. Therefore the introduction of the ‘pie wedge’ solved all of these problems at once. You can see the two stainless steel plates that cover the “I” beams used to support the old sign, they are above the center of the marquee.

Patsy on July 17, 2008 at 7:16 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 7:17 pm

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

SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 7:51 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 2:09 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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