Saenger Theatre

118 South Palafox Place,
Pensacola, FL 32502

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Saenger Theatre

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The Saenger Theatre was opened on April 2, 1925, with a seating capacity of 1,802. It was completely restored in 1981, as a performing arts center in old downtown Pensacola. Its slight exterior belies its massive auditorium and lobby.

Further restoration began in February 2008 and was completed in September 2009.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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jrhine
jrhine on January 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm

The Saenger currently has a 4/23 Robert Morton Theater Organ.

brucebrock
brucebrock on February 18, 2008 at 10:55 pm

The Saenger expansion/restoration project broke ground in February 2008. Cost of the project is around $12 million dollars. The original Robert Morgan theater organ is also being restored.

Lak
Lak on September 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

The restoration is now complete. Those who have seen it say that it is first rate.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Here is a picture from September 2010.

GaryParks
GaryParks on July 1, 2011 at 2:06 am

I remember when the 1981 renovation was done, a trade magazine (it may have been Architectural Record, I don’t recall) did a wonderful feature article on the theater. However, it showed that much of the interior color scheme (with the exception of some of the more intricate details) had been, as the article put it, “toned down to 80s sensibilities.” The photos showed that meant a rather subdued, pastel palette. With the more recent renovation and restoration, it would be interesting to know if that has been changed, perhaps in favor of replicating the original 1920s colors.

Chickman
Chickman on October 30, 2011 at 10:28 pm

My grandmother was the manager of the Saenger Theatre during the 40’s and 50’s and I am looking for any information that might be availible.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on June 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Can somebody please add the Pen Theatre to this sight. Please give size, projection type. and screen size for what I thought was a wonderful theatre when I was stationed at NAS in 1949, 1963 and 1964 and again in 1983.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on June 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I goofed. Not 1949 but 1959.

Patsy
Patsy on August 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Help restore the organ @ http://www.pensacolasaenger.com/fos/saenger-pipe-organ/

bdeem
bdeem on January 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Can anyone give me some information on finding pictures of the original 1925 seats in the Saenger Theatre? I have one that came from the original theatre and want to restore it but would like to get as close to original in style as possible.

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