Sanctuary Cinema

101 S. 2nd Avenue,
Alpena, MI 49707

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, GKC Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Royal Knight Cinema, AMC Classic Royal Knight 3, Fremont Theatre

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Sanctuary Cinema

This triplex opened in 1987 in a building that formerly served as a J.C. Penney department store. The formerly GKC-operated Royal Knight Cinema became part of the Carmike chain. By early-2017 it had been taken over by AMC. It had closed by June 2018. In July 2020 AMC sold the building to new operators. Renovations began in September 2022. It reopened on May 19, 2023 as the Sanctuary Cinema.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

TenPoundHammer on April 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm

J.C. Penney moved out of the building in 1983 and the theater opened in 1987.

TenPoundHammer on May 2, 2011 at 1:45 am

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Slightly poorer picture showing that it didn’t use all of the former JCPenney.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm

It must have been a terrible place to catch a flick.Most theatres built in department stores are.

steelbeard1 on May 20, 2021 at 10:51 am

The theater is not only being renovated, it will be getting a new name, the Fremont Theatre. A web page in its early stages as I type this is at

steelbeard1 on September 30, 2022 at 5:52 pm

Renovations are finally underway. The cinema is now called Sanctuary Cinema. Read articles at and

BigScreen_com on May 8, 2023 at 4:11 pm

The Sanctuary Cinema will be opening May 19, 2023:

Alpena, MI: Sanctuary Cinema Opening May 19 [May 8, 2023]

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