Find tickets and showtimes on Fandango.

Temple Theatre

201 N. Washington Avenue,
Saginaw, MI 48607

Unfavorite 6 people favorited this theater

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

Viewing: Photo | Street View

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 26 comments)

Theatremanager
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Homeboy
Homeboy on May 5, 2018 at 1:35 pm

The April 2018 issue of “Sign of the Times” includes an article on the restoration of the marquee and sign of the Temple. https://www.signsofthetimes.com/project/temple-theatre-marquee-signage-rejuvenated-impressive-design-teamwork

According to the article, “The building resembles an early Gothic cathedral and was commissioned nearly a century ago by the Elf Khurafeh Shriners – a fraternal organization like other Shriners, based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth. Osgood & Osgood Architects of Grand Rapids, MI had produced the original blueprints. As Freemasons, Osgood put more than their usual care into this building design.”

The article goes on to say, “The original marquee from 1927 carried out the “trolley car” design of that era, a rectangle with three sides of advertisement and decorative spires at each corner. The blade had been carefully hand carved and assembled from wood pieces. Over the years and decades, woodpeckers slowly ravaged it and the blade was taken down along with the rest of the marquee in 1961.” But doesn’t say anything about the transition from Masonic Hall to movie theater.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater