Star Theater

1622 North Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48503

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The Star Theater dates back to at least 1915. Still listed in 1955.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 4, 2010 at 2:33 am

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

TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on April 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm

The whole block was torn down for a subdivision.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

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 3:14 am

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

RealSunlin
RealSunlin on June 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

Thanks, Joe. Your “Sumlin” is Louis F. Sunlin, a former circus performer. :) He was a distant relative and this is helping me to compile a list of theaters he owned and managed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

RealSunlin: The March 5, 1918, issue of Michigan Film Review mentions L. F. Sunlin (though it gives his second initial as E— these old trade journals are full of typos) in connection with the Elite and Savoy Theatres. He had just been named vice-president of the newly formed Flint Theatrical Managers' Association.

Google Books used to have full views of a few volumes of Michigan Film Review, but for some reason they are now listing only one volume, and showing only snippet views of that. Hathi Trust still has one volume available, from 1918. The volume I cited in my earlier comment is nowhere to be found on the Internet.

L. F. Sunlin was operating the Savoy at least as early as 1912 and at least as late as 1934. I have no timeline for the Elite.

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