Southgate 4

16500 Fort Street,
Southgate, MI 48195

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Architects: Louis Wiltse

Previous Names: Southgate Theatre

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The Southgate 4 was the biggest, best theater in the downriver area, and I spent a significant portion of my childhood there. I was horrified when it was tied up for over six months showing some awful gangster movie called “The Godfather”.

It started out as a single screen on October 8, 1969, designed by architect Louis Wiltse, then later a building was added to the back increasing the number of screens to three. Then the main house was divided in half.

The Southgate sat next to the Fort George Drive-In.

Contributed by Don Solosan

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

Giles on May 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm

According to an advert I came across online for ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ the theater was outfitted to feature 70mm presentations.

rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 4:08 pm

October 8th, 1969 grand opening ad in photo section

rivest266 on November 8, 2015 at 7:31 am

December 20th, 1974 grand opening ad as a 3-plex also in photo section.

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