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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Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on February 12, 2002 at 7:14 am

This incredibly unique theater will remind Twin Peaks fans of the famous Black Lodge… cup of joe, anyone?!?

AdamFraser
AdamFraser on February 18, 2002 at 6:53 pm

Just wanted to add a few corrections to the info. I misspelled Olson, the style is Rustic, and the Architectural Firm that designed the Pines was Kellog and Crane (same company as designed FOX Theatre in Detroit)

universal
universal on July 6, 2005 at 2:24 pm

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
reel3 on January 22, 2006 at 4:53 pm

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

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on July 24, 2006 at 6:48 am

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
Patsy on October 14, 2006 at 8:44 am

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

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on March 26, 2011 at 4:48 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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 27, 2012 at 3:49 am

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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