Temple Theatre

Address: 115 E Grand River
City: Howell
State: MI
County: Livingston
Open: 1910
Owner History:
Number of visits to this page: 7228
Notes: AKA Rex
Info Updates:
4/17/2021 - Cinema Treasures

The Temple Theatre was considered Howell’s first movie theatre. It operated much of its existence at 211 E. Grand River Avenue though operated in two other locations for brief periods of time. The Temple Theatre opened July 7, 1909. In 1920, it played the film, “The Rich Slave” which was shot in Howell.

The theatre was modernized several times including the installation of a $7,000 Bartola organ in 1921. Owner Vernon Locey announced plans to replace the Temple Theatre with the Livingston Theatre with sound. But another interest, Schulte Amusements, built the Howell Theatre ending Locey’s plans.

Before the Howell Theatre opened, a fire closed the Temple Theatre briefly in January 1928. In March of 1928, it was hit by another fire. Operator Vernon Locey rebranded the location as the Rex Theatre April 6, 1928 as the discount movie location. In October Schulte bought the Rex Theatre closing it as the new Howell Theatre opened a block away on December 11, 1929. The former theatre became an auto service garage.

5/5/2004 - B.J. McDevitt
This former theater is located at 115 E Grand River in Howell. The site is currently being renovated. The front of the building is open, and the tell-tale ceiling is still in tact. The was an article in The Daily Press and Argus about a month ago that mentioned this site had been a theater as well.
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