Pines Theatre

4673 W. Houghton Lake Drive,
Houghton Lake, MI 48629

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This 450-seat Log Cabin Chalet style movie theatre was designed by C. Howard Crane to look like a hunter’s cabin.

Originally opened in 1941 by W.J. Olson, who owned many theaters in michigan at the time, the Pines Theatre features 40-foot cathedral log ceilings, a parkay wood floor, and a large collection of trophy game animals.

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Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

universal on July 7, 2005 at 1:24 am

I was told by more than one person years back that this theater was all hand notched with a double bladed axe by one man during construction. It is a shame there is no photo of the outside on this page. I have seen many movies here as a kid and remember it well though I have not seen it in 25 years, now living in Oklahoma. It is one of a kind and stands as the prime example of the prefered style of the entire area from many years ago.

reel3 on January 23, 2006 at 2:53 am

There are many pictures of this theatre on the cinema tours site. This is a very nice theatre. I would like to see it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 12, 2006 at 11:54 am

Here is a recent 2006 photo of the Pines theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 24, 2006 at 11:23 am

Another recent 2006 photo of the Pines Theater can be seen here.

BrooklynJim on July 24, 2006 at 5:48 pm

The novel and warm design of this Michigan theater is too beautiful for words and deserves another go-‘round under the “Recent Comments” section. Check out the Pines pix provided by LM on 7/12 and 7/24. All that’s missing (to make yours truly feel cooler) is the marquee featuring “The Thing From Another World” and “Iceman” plus 2 feet of freshly fallen snow…

Patsy on October 14, 2006 at 7:44 pm

This is quite quaint and so very different in a log cabin design which may be the only one in existence!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 9, 2009 at 2:24 am

The year given for this photo is 1979

SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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

Tinseltoes on June 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

The Pines was featured in this 1941 trade article, which is dated the day prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor: boxofficemagazine

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