St. Clair Theatre

217 N. Riverside Avenue,
St. Clair, MI 48079

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St. Clair Theater ... St. Clair Michigan

The Garden Theatre was opened in March 1920. In April 1926 under new ownership it was renamed St. Clair Theatre. It closed on February 5, 1968 and was soon demolished.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on March 31, 2020 at 3:57 am

The Garden Theatre was launched in March of 1920. In April of 1926, a Sandusky man purchased the theatre and would change its name to the St. Clair Theatre. He closed it as a silent house. A new operator, Harry Small, took on the theatre giving the venue a major refresh and retrofitted it for sound. The grand re-opening took place on January 29, 1931 with the film, “Follow Through” under the name the New St. Clair Theatre for multiple years. The name eventually reverted back to the St. Clair Theatre.

An urban redevelopment plan called the St. Clair Riverview Plaza led to the demolition of much of the city’s old downtown. The St. Clair Theatre closed on February 5, 1968 with Hayley Mills. A public auction was held five days later offering everything for sale in the theatre inlcuding the popcorn machine. It was demolished soon thereafter. The town would be theatre-less until a Jerry Lewis Cinema located in the town’s plaza in 1972.

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