Janes Theatre

1709 Janes Avenue,
Saginaw, MI 48601

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Opened as Janes Theatre in 1935, it operated until at least 1950.

It was on the urban side of town. I do not stay in the neighborhood anymore, but when I go in the neighborhood I always go pass there so I can keep my memories.

Contributed by charles walton

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2011 at 1:58 am

Water Winter Wonderland has a page for the Janes Theatre, and gives the address as 1709 Janes Avenue. It doesn’t mention Bel Air Theatre as an aka, and the site lists no indoor theaters called the Bel Air, only the Bel Air Drive-In, which was also on Janes Avenue. It says the Janes Theatre operated from 1935 to 1955, and seated “508+”

There is a photo of the building in later years as the Emmanuel Church of Deliverance, and the church is still listed at the theater’s address now. The building was still standing when the Google Street View truck last went by, so it probably still is.

TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on April 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

It was indeed called the Janes and never the Bel Air. Please fix the listing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 6, 2014 at 3:22 pm

The Janes Theatre was designed by its original owner, Fred H. Witters, with some critical structural elements planned by the Saginaw architectural firm of Cowles & Mutscheller. A three-page article about the project, with several photos, appears in the June 29, 1935, issue of Motion Picture Herald.

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