Pavillion Theatre - Saugatuck MI

Address: 48 Water Street
City: Saugatuck
State: MI
Zip: 49453
County: Allegan
Capacity: 500
Owner History:
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 5116

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General Information:

This place also housed a dance hall, the entry for that is HERE

I am using the address of the Singapore Yacht Club as their parking lot is where the pavilion stood.

Source: 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

Info Updates:
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.
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 - 1955 Aerial Photo
1955 Aerial Photo
Pavillion Theatre - Destroyed By Fire
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