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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MGWorley on October 4, 2006 at 1:45 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 6:45 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 7:39 pm

Does the theatre still have the Robert Morton organ?

Edward Jurich
Edward Jurich on October 9, 2007 at 4:49 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 6:35 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on May 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Very Nice Photos.

Joespkn on September 2, 2013 at 6:10 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.

Trolleyguy on June 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Currently also showing classic films according to the website.

Cinematron on July 4, 2016 at 6:51 am

This theater has an annual summer movie series of selected older films. “The Godfather,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and “Easy Rider” are a few examples. The movies are or were preceded by old cartoons and ads for concessions. It is simply a nostalgic experience. The sound echos, so had I not been familiar with the movies I saw there, I would have not been able to understand exactly what was being said.

fvalenti2 on July 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

Sounds like a great old theater. I walked by it once a year ago when we were down from New York State. Would like to catch an old movie sometime.

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