Garden Theatre (Second)

124-26 E. 1st Street,
Flint, MI 48502

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Previously operated by: Butterfield Theaters

Architects: Charles Howard Crane

Styles: Art Deco

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Garden Theatre (Second)

The Garden Theatre was built on the side of the old Garden Theatre (nee Bijou Theatre) and operated by Butterfield Theaters. It was opened on October 5, 1939 with Penny Singleton in “Blondie Takes a Vacation”. It closed in 1957 because of the rise of television and the popularity of drive-in theatres.

It was demolished around 1966 to make room for Flint’s tallest building, Genesee Towers. The architect of the Garden Theatre was C. Howard Crane and the design was similar to that of the Gladmer Theatre in Lansing, which was also built in 1939.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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kenblack
kenblack on January 11, 2005 at 10:37 am

As I remember the Garden theater only ‘art’ films were shown there in 50’s. I remember films such as “the moon is blue” and “the five thousand fingers of Dr. T”.
The lobby was on the smallish side and had a plush feel to it.

willis
willis on September 2, 2007 at 5:26 pm

I believe the first “art” film shown at the Garden was “Bitter Rice” about 1950-51, and prior to that it had shown mainstream second run films.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 4, 2021 at 11:05 am

This opened on October 5th, 1939. Its grand opening ad has been posted.

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