Flint Art Theatre

3814 Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48505

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Architects: George J. Bachmann

Functions: Office Space

Previous Names: Flint Theater

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Former Flint Art Theatre in Flint, MI

Opened as the Flint Theater on August 18, 1939 with Errol Flynn in “The Dawn Patrol”. This was a small 522-seat neighborhood theater was located on Saginaw Street at Tiden Street. It was independently owned and operated from what I found. It was closed in 1948.

It reopened as the Flint Art Theatre on September 21, 1949 with Anton Walbrook in “The Red Shoes”. The Flint Art Theatre closed by the end of 1952 and has since been used by Classic Charter and Tours.

Contributed by Chuck

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steelbeard1 on May 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

The former theater is on North Saginaw. I believe a tire shop was once located in the converted theater in the 1960s.

William Dakota
William Dakota on July 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I think it should be Saginaw Street not road. It was an Art House theater that exhibited foreign films. They also had recent news reel clips. I remember seeing the Atomic Bomb explosion, that shocked the world. I used to go there quite often. Other than the Garden, it was the only theater showing foreign films. I am glad it is now remembered.

Too bad there isn’t a photo showing what the front used to look like. I remember seeing “THE RED SHOES” there. I don’t remember the interior at all nor what the concession stand looked like. I just faintly remember the theater and for years could never remember the name.

My dad worked at a gas station nearby.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2015 at 4:01 am

A brief announcement about the Flint Theatre appeared in the “Theaters Planned” column of The Film Daily for September 9, 1938. The $75,000, 780-seat house at North Saginaw and Tilden Streets was being designed for operator Walter O. Johnson by architect George J. Bachmann.

rivest266 on December 4, 2021 at 1:48 pm

The Flint Theatre opened on August 18th, 1939. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on December 4, 2021 at 4:34 pm

This closed in 1948 and reopened on September 21st, 1949 as the Flint Art with the British film, “The Red Shoes”. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on December 4, 2021 at 6:27 pm

This closed in July 1952 and reopened on October 5th, 1952 as the Hitching Post Theater with “Red River” and “Tulsa” and live pony rides. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on December 4, 2021 at 6:29 pm

Closed by the end of 1952.

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