Pontiac’s Little Art Theater

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Pontiac’s Little Art Theater
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Background Information

Address

47 N Saginaw St,
Pontiac, MI 48342

Built

1868

Use

Theater

Capacity

136

Phone

(844) 476-6784

Website

https://www.theplat.org

email

info@ThePLAT.org

About

Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre a.k.a the “PLAT”, a 501(c)(3) organization is local theater for ALL forms of art; Film, Community Theater, Concerts, Private Events, Weddings, Art shows/exhibits.


History

From Website Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre was born in 1868. This 3 story building is listed in Pontiac’s historical records as “the TURK building” and categorized as a “GRO” establishment. The local grocery/dry goods store. The business survived 41 years until its last record in 1909. It was revamped in 1909, by Henry W. Pauli, getting a new job as a shoe store. Pauli’s Shoes, was known as the “the walk over shoe” store. Pauli’s lasted through the 1930’s. The upper floors were apparently rented out to smaller businesses. When being renovated mural scenes used for background early 1900 photographers studios were revealed beneath the layers on the walls!

In the 1950’s, Thom McAnn shoes bought the location, this is when the false façade was put on its face to “update” the look. The business was a stable part of the Pontiac business district through the 1960’s, then came the Pontiac Mall in the early 1970’s and drew consumers away from the downtown.

Thing get fuzzy from here...the building may have housed other proprietors through the next couple of decades, but no solid history is recoverable. In the 1980’s law office was the PLAT’s reincarnation. The law firm moved on the mid-1990’s. From the 1990’s to 2015 our lady sat silent. Vacant. Waiting.

In 2015, K and R Studios came to Pontiac, purchasing the building. And the vision began. An historical restoration company saw what was beneath the veneer. A painstaking process to remove the false “face” placed on this beautiful building began and she was stripped down to her bones, inside and out. Her beauty was revealed and lovingly restored. She is now home to 2 luxury lofts as well as alive with the theater space.

The PLAT before renovations
The PLAT after renovations



External Links

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