Mariner Theater

430 South Water Street,
Marine City, MI 48039

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Mariner Theater

The Mariner Theater was opened in late-1927, and was still operating in the early-1970’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

The January 3, 1928, issue of The Film Daily said that a new, 800-seat theater had opened at Marine City, Michigan. The name of the house was not given, but it was probably the Mariner. In the Photo of the building at Water Winter Wonderland the building looks like it would have dated from the mid-late 1920s.

TomClemons on July 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Part of this theater is being restored to it’s 1920’s look and will reopen this summer.

graymatters on April 18, 2021 at 12:08 pm

The Mariner Theatre is among the Johnson Construction Co. projects cataloged by my uncle Albert S. Johnson Jr., but the year of the remodeling job is undocumented. Based on the description of “1930’s mohair seats” and the appearance of the theater in the photo below, a renovation during the 1930’s is almost certain.

My grandfather Al Johnson Sr.’s June 1948 Kodachrome slide (which I’ve uploaded to this page) shows a marquee and other design elements typical of the Michigan theater renovations that he completed in the mid-thirties (e.g. the “old” Hudson Theatre and the Tibbits Theatre in Coldwater). The style of these early theater renovations pre-dated the “art moderne” doors and more streamlined marquees typical of later Johnson projects.

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