16500 Fort Street,
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Architects: Louis Wiltse
Previous Names: Southgate Theatre
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- Jun 18, 2010 — "Jaws"... Happy 35th!
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- May 14, 2010 — Please Post Today, May 14 --- "Jaws," Happy 35th
- Aug 21, 2009 — "Alien" 30th Anniversary
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.
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According to an advert I came across online for ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ the theater was outfitted to feature 70mm presentations.
October 8th, 1969 grand opening ad in photo section
December 20th, 1974 grand opening ad as a 3-plex also in photo section.