Centre Theater - South Haven MI 

Address: 210 Center St
City: South Haven
State: MI
Zip: 49090
County: Van Buren
Open: 1920
Capacity: 652
Owner History: Butterfield
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 889
General Information:

This theater opened in April of 1920 by H.H. Engel. It was red and white brick on the exterior with mahogany woodwork inside. Capacity was 652. There was also a balcony. There were dressing rooms beneath the 25 ft. stage. There was an "orchestrion" installed which was a keyboard instrument designed to mimic the sound of an orchestra. By 1929, sound equipment was added to facilitate talking pictures.

There was a minor fire in 1930 but no major damage occurred. There were other events held at the venue, for example a dog show was featured in 1932. There was a robbery in 1934. In 1945, another fire occurred but this time it was catastrophic. There were plans to rebuild and that did occur but the new theater was named the Michigan which I have a separate entry for. The link to that is on this page.

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Centre Theater - FEB 2 1945 THEATER IS DESTROYED BY FIRE
FEB 2 1945 THEATER IS DESTROYED BY FIRE
Centre Theater - APR 10 1920 AD
APR 10 1920 AD
Centre Theater - APR 10 1920 OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT
APR 10 1920 OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT
Centre Theater - APR 14 1920 ARTICLE ON OPENING
APR 14 1920 ARTICLE ON OPENING
Centre Theater - APR 16 1929 ARTICLE
APR 16 1929 ARTICLE
Centre Theater - APR 19 1932 AD
APR 19 1932 AD
Centre Theater - AUG 19 1935 GUN FOUND
AUG 19 1935 GUN FOUND
Centre Theater - AUG 7 1922 THESE 2 OLD THEATERS WENT HEAD TO HEAD
AUG 7 1922 THESE 2 OLD THEATERS WENT HEAD TO HEAD
Centre Theater - DEC 10 1924 ARTICLE
DEC 10 1924 ARTICLE
Centre Theater - FEB 12 1932
FEB 12 1932
Centre Theater - FEB 19 1921
FEB 19 1921
Centre Theater - FEB 2 1945 ARTICLE ON FIRE INVESTIGATION
FEB 2 1945 ARTICLE ON FIRE INVESTIGATION
Centre Theater - FEB 5 1945 ARTICLE ON FIRE INVESTIGATION
FEB 5 1945 ARTICLE ON FIRE INVESTIGATION
Centre Theater - JAN 25 1924 ARTICLE
JAN 25 1924 ARTICLE
Centre Theater - JAN 9 1926 AD
JAN 9 1926 AD
Centre Theater - JUL 21 1945
JUL 21 1945
Centre Theater - JUL 8 1932 ARTICLE AND BUILDER AND DESIGNER OF THEATER
JUL 8 1932 ARTICLE AND BUILDER AND DESIGNER OF THEATER
Centre Theater - JUN 14 1920 AD
JUN 14 1920 AD
Centre Theater - JUN 26 1931
JUN 26 1931
Centre Theater - MAR 1 1940 AD 2 THEATERS
MAR 1 1940 AD 2 THEATERS
Centre Theater - MAR 9 1945 ARTICLE ON DEMOLITION
MAR 9 1945 ARTICLE ON DEMOLITION
Centre Theater - OCT 17 1930 MINOR FIRE THAT FORESHADOWS CATASTROPHIC FIRE TO COME
OCT 17 1930 MINOR FIRE THAT FORESHADOWS CATASTROPHIC FIRE TO COME
Centre Theater - SEPT 1934 ROBBERY
SEPT 1934 ROBBERY
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