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: 2344
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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 (newer photo)
Feb 2 1945 Theater Is Destroyed By Fire (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Apr 10 1920 Ad (newer photo)
Apr 10 1920 Ad (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Apr 10 1920 Opening Announcement (newer photo)
Apr 10 1920 Opening Announcement (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Apr 14 1920 Article On Opening (newer photo)
Apr 14 1920 Article On Opening (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Apr 16 1929 Article (newer photo)
Apr 16 1929 Article (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Apr 19 1932 Ad (newer photo)
Apr 19 1932 Ad (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Aug 19 1935 Gun Found (newer photo)
Aug 19 1935 Gun Found (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Aug 7 1922 These 2 Old Theaters Went Head To Head (newer photo)
Aug 7 1922 These 2 Old Theaters Went Head To Head (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Dec 10 1924 Article (newer photo)
Dec 10 1924 Article (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Feb 12 1932 (newer photo)
Feb 12 1932 (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Feb 19 1921 (newer photo)
Feb 19 1921 (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Feb 2 1945 Article On Fire Investigation (newer photo)
Feb 2 1945 Article On Fire Investigation (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Feb 5 1945 Article On Fire Investigation (newer photo)
Feb 5 1945 Article On Fire Investigation (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Jan 25 1924 Article (newer photo)
Jan 25 1924 Article (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Jan 9 1926 Ad (newer photo)
Jan 9 1926 Ad (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Jul 21 1945 (newer photo)
Jul 21 1945 (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Jul 8 1932 Article And Builder And Designer Of Theater (newer photo)
Jul 8 1932 Article And Builder And Designer Of Theater (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Jun 14 1920 Ad (newer photo)
Jun 14 1920 Ad (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Jun 26 1931 (newer photo)
Jun 26 1931 (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Mar 1 1940 Ad 2 Theaters (newer photo)
Mar 1 1940 Ad 2 Theaters (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Mar 9 1945 Article On Demolition (newer photo)
Mar 9 1945 Article On Demolition (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Oct 17 1930 Minor Fire That Foreshadows Catastrophic Fire To Come (newer photo)
Oct 17 1930 Minor Fire That Foreshadows Catastrophic Fire To Come (newer photo)
Centre Theater - Sept 1934 Robbery (newer photo)
Sept 1934 Robbery (newer photo)
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