Saenger Theatre

118 S. Palafox Place,
Pensacola, FL 32502

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Saenger Theatre, Pensacola (Official)

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Previously operated by: ABC Southeastern Theatres, Saenger Amusement Company

Architects: Charles G. Davis, Emile Weil

Functions: Performing Arts

Styles: Spanish Baroque

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 850.595.3880

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Saenger Theatre

The Saenger Theatre was opened on April 2, 1925 with Theodore Roberts in “The Ten Commandments”. It opened with 1,802-seats. It is equipped with a Robert Morton 4 manual 6 ranks theatre organ. The theatre was completely restored in 1981, as a performing arts center in old downtown Pensacola. Its slight exterior belies its massive auditorium and lobby.

Further restoration began in February 2008 and was completed in September 2009. There is currently work being done to restore and enlarge the Robert Moton organ.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

GaryParks on June 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I remember when the 1981 renovation was done, a trade magazine (it may have been Architectural Record, I don’t recall) did a wonderful feature article on the theater. However, it showed that much of the interior color scheme (with the exception of some of the more intricate details) had been, as the article put it, “toned down to 80s sensibilities.” The photos showed that meant a rather subdued, pastel palette. With the more recent renovation and restoration, it would be interesting to know if that has been changed, perhaps in favor of replicating the original 1920s colors.

Chickman on October 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm

My grandmother was the manager of the Saenger Theatre during the 40’s and 50’s and I am looking for any information that might be availible.

dickneeds111 on June 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Can somebody please add the Pen Theatre to this sight. Please give size, projection type. and screen size for what I thought was a wonderful theatre when I was stationed at NAS in 1949, 1963 and 1964 and again in 1983.

dickneeds111 on June 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I goofed. Not 1949 but 1959.

Patsy on August 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

Help restore the organ @

bdeem on January 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Can anyone give me some information on finding pictures of the original 1925 seats in the Saenger Theatre? I have one that came from the original theatre and want to restore it but would like to get as close to original in style as possible.

rivest266 on December 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Grand opening ad in the photo section and below.

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rivest266 on December 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Bdeem, This newspaper article may help.

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DavidZornig on November 8, 2018 at 8:10 am

Upcoming Doc Severinsen event at the Saenger Theatre.

50sSNIPES on May 13, 2024 at 7:58 am

Once operated by ABC Southeastern Theatres.

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