Saenger Theater

6 S. Joachim Street,
Mobile, AL 36602

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Saenger Theater

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The Saenger Theater was opened in 1927 by the Saenger Amusement Company.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Patsy on September 11, 2005 at 6:01 am

I am the Saenger Theatre
I am not built merely of Marble, Mortar and Steel;
but born with a Heart and Soul and a Purpose, like yourself.
I am the creation and the result of a master mind; the disciple of a dreamer
with whom to dream was to do;
I am a reality loved into life.
I receive you with the hospitality of a hostess in her home as I realize my
responsibility to make you comfortable, to refresh you, to throw about you
the mantle of protection, and to entertain you.
Courtesy is ever my creed; hospitality my religion.
I will render every service to my people and in the future that is
away from us in a vanishing line,
I will stand steadfast upon the principles that endow me.
I accept the responsibility of giving Mobile the utmost in entertainment.
I hope you will take me to your heart and homes, as a friend for good,
to live among you to the end.
I am a Mobile Institution.
I am the Saenger Theatre.

The above quote came from the opening program on January 19, 1927.

“When Mobile’s Saenger Theatre opened on January 19, 1927, it was the 61st in the Saenger Theatre chain founded by JH and AD Saenger of New Orleans, and located throughout the South, as well in Cuba and Puerto Rico.”

kencmcintyre on May 30, 2006 at 5:40 pm

Here is the Saenger website with some older photos:

kencmcintyre on May 30, 2006 at 7:03 pm

Didn’t hear about that one. I will make a note, though.

MGWorley on October 4, 2006 at 4:45 pm

Finding this site brings back a lot of memories. I worked as an usher and doorman at the Saenger in the mid 1960’s.
I spent a lot of time below the stage going through the old advance sheets and photos of past stage and movie stars. I often wish that I had collected a few posters and photos.

Edward Jurich
Edward Jurich on October 11, 2006 at 9:45 am

I don’t believe the Saenger in Mobile has run real movies since about 2002. From what I heard, they were using video projection casting images on the screen slightly better than shadows. When I ran films in the late 1990’s the presentation was wonderful including cartoons and shorts in front of features.
Sometime around 2002 I had gotten an email from the Saneger asking if I could run films again but I had moved to Kansas City. I’m guessing they couldn’t find anyone that knew how to run and maintain the projector.

celloman on June 10, 2007 at 10:39 pm

Does the theatre still have the Robert Morton organ?

Edward Jurich
Edward Jurich on October 9, 2007 at 7:49 pm

Mr. Bill Hooper was in the process of restoring the organ when the University sold the theater to the city. From what I can gather, the city hired a couple of guys to maintain the place that we lets say less than qualified to do so. Bill got frustrated and stopped his work. I had done quite a bit of wiring in the organ chambers and soldering some pipes. At this point there is no telling what happen to the organ. But the last I saw the blower worked, all new air pipe and we were tooting pipes by hand.

kencmcintyre on June 24, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Here is a larger version of one of the photos on the official site. Date is 1952.

TLSLOEWS on May 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Very Nice Photos.

Joespkn on September 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Ken this is a pic of the billboard at Joachim and Conti the colored entrance was just west of this intersection and partially visible.

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