Pavillion Theatre

Address: Water Street
City: Saugatuck
State: MI
Zip:
County: Allegan
Open:
Capacity: 500
Owner History:
Number of visits to this page: 2681
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Info Updates:
4/17/2021 - Cinema Treasures

Saugatuck’s Big Pavilion was opened July 4, 1909, situated on the Kalamazoo River not far from the Hotel Saugatuck (today the Coral Gables Restaurant and Bar). The huge dance floor was under a nearly 70-foot arched ceiling, with colored lights that changed colors and flashed along to the music. The Pavilion also later contained a popular restaurant, the Dock, as well as a roller skating rink.

In 1913, a 400-seat movie theater was built in the Big Pavilion. It was wired for sound in 1930, and was listed as (Closed) in the 1941 and 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook. In the 1950’s a CinemaScope screen was installed and seating increased to 700. On May 4, 1960, the Big Pavilion was completely destroyed in a spectacular fire.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

12/2/2003 - Box Office Magazine
June 27, 1960 Issue - Jack Repp opened the new Pavillion at Saugatuck, a 500-seater rebuilt after a spring fire.
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Pavillion Theatre - POST CARD
POST CARD
Pavillion Theatre - OLD POSTCARD FROM JAMES THOMPSON
OLD POSTCARD FROM JAMES THOMPSON
Pavillion Theatre - OLD AD FROM JAMES THOMPSON
OLD AD FROM JAMES THOMPSON
Pavillion Theatre - DESTROYED BY FIRE
DESTROYED BY FIRE
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