Star Theater

1622 North Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48503

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The Star Theater dates back to at least 1922. Still listed in 1955.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2010 at 1:33 pm

The Star Theatre is listed at this address in the 1922 Flint City Directory.

TenPoundHammer on April 30, 2011 at 6:48 am

The whole block was torn down for a subdivision.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2011 at 1:39 am

The Star Theatre was listed at 1618 N. Saginaw in Polk’s 1915 Flint City Directory. I don’t know if that indicates that the theater was rebuilt or expanded between 1915 and 1922, or if the street numbers were just changed.

The Star was one of the houses mentioned in an item headed “Flint Theatres” in the November 6, 1917, issue of Michigan Film Review:[quote]“There are only thirteen theatres now operating in Flintâ€\"all others being out of business or closed:

“Delia and Strand, operated by Lester Matt; Orpheum, Charles Garfield, manager; Elite, W. DuKarry, manager; L. J. Sumlin, manager; Royal, Rex Minkley, manager; Star, L. Booth, manager; Gem, F. C. Philips, manager: Princess, Reckin and Nickotemus. managers: Fredro, J. Olenski, manager, and Majestic, Palace and Garden theatres, operated by W. S. Butterfield.”[/quote]The item only mentions twelve theaters by name, so one of the thirteen got left out, apparently the one managed by L. J. Sumlin. The August 6 issue of the same journal had said that Sumlin was manager of the Savoy Theatre, so that’s probably the missing name.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

For some reason, Google Maps is putting this theater on South Saginaw Street instead of North Saginaw.

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