Nortown Theatre - Flint MI

Address: 4250 N Saginaw St
City: Flint
State: MI
Zip: 48505
County: Genesee
Open: 1940
Capacity: 1252
Owner History:
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 3882

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General Information:

Source: Frank A. Phillips

I was fortunate enough to manage the Nortown for almost seven years and for a "neighborhood theatre" it seated an amazing 1252 people. We have a local archive, in the Flint, Michigan area and I can get some info from them and perhaps even a website that might be of help to you. About two years ago they were compiling the history of the theatres in the city of Flint.

Owen Todd and his wife owned and ran the Lincoln Theatre, that was on Fenton Rd. and the building is still there. It was Mr. Todd who introduced me to the projection booth and that is where I developed my Love for and decided I wanted to be a projectionist as a lifetime career. Unfortunately because I didn't already have family members in their union I was denied membership and so went into management. It took many years, until about 7 years ago, that a non-union tenplex opened in Birch Run, Michigan and they advertised for a projectionist and there I am, at the tender age of 74 BUT realizing my dream!

Info Updates:
9/26/2009 - dlhutchins
From the mid-1950's through the mid-60's, my family lived in the country, about 30 miles northeast of Flint. Whenever we'd come to visit my grandmother, who lived near Saginaw St. at E. Van Wagoner, two or three of us kids (or more, if we brought friends) would be dropped off at the Nortown theater. We'd pay 35 cents for a double feature and in those days the popcorn and drinks were much more reasonable than today. Later, as we grew, we'd walk the distance to/from the theater and grandma's house. I saw a lot of double features as I was growing up and I have fond memories of the place. Thanks for being there when I needed you, Nortown!
11/16/2004 - Frank A. Phillips
Built and completed at the beginning of WWII, owned by Dr. Eiseman. Seated some 1252. Dr. Eiseman was also owner of the Michigan Theatre.
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