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Temple Theatre
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NameTemple Theatre
Address201 N. Washington Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607
DescriptionThe year was 1926 and Saginaw, Michigan was without a concert hall after the beautiful Conservatory of Music burned. The City was growing and the Elf Khurafeh Shrine was planning to build a Temple and move from the Masonic Lodge building across the street from the proposed site. At this same time Colonel W. S. Butterfield, head of the Butterfield Theatre chain, was looking to build a flagship theatre for his chain in Saginaw. When the Colonel met the Shrine who planned to build an auditorium as part of their temple, the die was cast. Collaboration was formed with the Shrine and Butterfield who agreed to furnish and lease the theatre for 30 years.

The theatre is also equipped with one of the 12 Butterfield Special Barton Pipe Organs; #195 built specifically for this theatre. The organ remains and is preserved in original playing condition. This instrument is played prior to many events held in the theatre to this day.

The theatre known as the “Showplace of Northeastern Michigan” was now facing demolition. In 2002, the family of Dr. Samuel Shaheen purchased the Temple Theatre and the adjoining three story building which contains a Grand Ballroom, Premier Room, Leopard Lounge and a commercial kitchen. After an investment of more than seven million dollars the “Showplace of Northeastern Michigan” has been returned to her original glory.

The Temple just celebrated her 87th Anniversary showcasing the original colors and textures applied in 1927. Gold leafing and hand painted details throughout the entire building add grandeur and intrigue while restoring the Theatre’s much deserved elegance.
Phone 1(989) 754-7469
Handicapped AccessibleYes
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Last Updated12/14/2014
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