Michigan Theatre

1614 S. Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48503

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Architects: George J. Bachmann

Styles: Moorish

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Michigan Theatre

This was on Saginaw Street, south of the downtown area. When I got transferred to Flint in August of 1975, the Michigan Theatre and its ajoining store-fronts appeared to have been closed and boarded up for quite some time. It still had the marquee and a large blade sign spelling out ‘MICHIGAN’ with white letters on a faded blue background, and looked to be a Balaban & Katz style of sign, although this was never one of their theatres. It was a very substantial building, built of a light brown brick. I never got a chance to find out anything about it because it was demolished around October 1975.

Contributed by dave-bronx

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kenblack on January 9, 2005 at 10:25 am

I worked part time at the Michigan for a year during 1953/1954. I worked as an usher/ticket taker/concession stand popcorn seller. I think I was paid .95 per hour for mostly saturday and sunday with a few weeknights.
I remember the saturday afternoon kiddy shows where several hundred kids spent more time throwing popcorn at each other and the screen than watching the movie.
I believe the theater was used for stage shows in the 1930s and 1940s because there was a tunnel that ran from the lobby basement to the back stage area so actors could get to that area during a show.
We had to wear uniforms when we working as ushers with short jackets, white shirts and black bow ties. And of course the flashlight to shine the couples setting in the back row to break up the necking.
Ken Black

dave-bronx™ on June 7, 2006 at 9:17 pm

Ken Black, are you related to Art Black, who was a manager for Butterfield for many years?

acatos on March 1, 2008 at 7:09 pm

In 1929, the Michigan Theatre in Flint acquired the 4-manual 15-rank Page Theatre Organ that had been installed in the studios of WHT Radio in the Wrigley Building in Chicago, IL. The organ was removed from the theatre in 1950 and installed in a private residence. The WHT/Michigan Theatre Page is now installed in the arts auditorium of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, GA.

GoddessShadow on August 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

My Aunt, Charlotte Harden used to perform at the theater with the Michigan Jamboree in the 50’s. I’m not sure if it was on the weekends or what, I’ve been unable to locate any additional information about the Jamboree as of yet. Anyone that may remember her or know how I can locate a program guide of the jamboree please let me know.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm

The October 25, 1930, issue of Exhibitors Herald-World listed the Michigan Theatre in Flint as having been designed by architect George J. Bachmann.

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