Franklin Theatre

S. Franklin Street and Federal Avenue,
Saginaw, MI 48607

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Previously operated by: Ocean Cinemas, Paramount Pictures Inc.

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Franklin Theatre

The Franklin Theatre opened in 1915 on South Franklin Street. By the early 1940’s it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Butterfield Michigan Theaters Co. It remained in operation until 1973 when it was destroyed by fire.

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Patsy on November 17, 2005 at 12:38 pm

On Cinema Tour there is a Franklin Theatre in Grand Rapids, MI. Anyone have information about this one?

spectrum on November 24, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Looks like it was demolished. I checked the entire length of North and South Franklin streets in aerial Google views, no sign of any theater.

Grand_old_architecture on December 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I’m sorry to report that the Franklin Theater was destroyed by fire in 1973. Also, the map is not correct. The Franklin was on the northeast corner of Franklin and either Janes or Federal St.

patifft on January 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I just found this site. My mother was the organist at the Franklin in the late 20’s, early 30’s. Her friend Eleanor Richter was the organist at the Temple. Mother said the saddest day of her life was the day they wired the theater for sound.

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