Pontiac is steeped in Theatre and Arts Culture
At one point in history, Pontiac had 9 theaters running full time.
Learn more about the local events leading up to our business today.
The time-line below shows the local events leading up to our business today.
This grand lady (Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre a.k.a the “PLAT”) 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 (see photo’s of the fascia restoration), 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. (see the pictures on our
She is now home to 2 luxury lofts as well as alive with the theater space. The PLAT will provide
an entertainment venue as well as a small café for the patrons of Pontiac. We look forward to
having YOU join us, whether it is for a private meeting, party, reception, an open movie, a public
theater or musical performance and be sure to keep up with the happenings here at the PLAT!