Saguaro Theater

Historic Building Fact Sheet

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The Saguaro Theater’s neon lights glow bright over Wickenburg Way. (Mar. 2024) Photo Credit: Jake Case

Need to Know Info

Built1948
Address176 E Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, Arizona
Coordinates33°58’10.4″N 112°43’44.4″W

The Saguaro Theater is a historic single-screen movie theater located in downtown Wickenburg, Arizona. Originally constructed in 1948, it has been renovated and updated over the years while maintaining its classic charm and character.

The In-Depth Story

Saguaro Theater: History of Wickenburg’s Beloved Landmark

The Saguaro Theater first opened its doors on April 9, 1948 as part of the Harry L. Nace Theatres & Harkins Theatres chain. It was built by prominent Arizona showman Red Harkins, who was the father of Dan Harkins.

The Saguaro stood as one of the original theaters in the Harkins circuit. After operating under various owners for decades, it is now independently operated as of the 2020 renovations.

Programming

For most of its history, the Saguaro Theater primarily showcased first-run mainstream movie releases. However, in 2020 the decision was made to begin alternating between new releases and classic Western films.

This change in programming aims to honor Wickenburg’s heritage and identity as the “Team Roping Capital of the World.” Audiences can now enjoy both the latestbox office hits as well as iconic Westerns like the films of John Wayne. The theater also plans to screen a diverse array of lesser-known but high-quality Western titles.

2020 Renovations

In the summer of 2020, the Saguaro Theater underwent significant renovations while carefully preserving its historic roots. Updates included a fresh new exterior look, installation of a new marquee, and replacement of all seating with modern, ultra-comfortable chairs.

Other improvements were made to enhance the moviegoing experience, such as an updated air conditioning system, a new state-of-the-art laser projector, and the addition of real butter for the popcorn.