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Tin Shop Theatre


Tin Shop Historic Building

The Tin Shop was built in 1865-66 by a Buchanan Merchant and subsequently used for a furniture factory. Changing hands several times over the years, it has operated as a lumber dealer business and as another factory. It served as a hospital during the 1918 flu epidemic; Clark Equipment manufactured and sold air-conditioned beds here, and in the last years of production made their original drill products in this historic building. Clark sold the Tin Shop to the Buchanan Co-op in 1950, which sold it to the City in 1981.

The Tin shop is of an Italianate derived factory style common to the 1860-1880 period. Among its more interesting architectural features are its good proportions, its nine-pane, double hung windows, and its board-lined room upstairs over the West Side.


In 1982 the Buchanan Fine Arts Council began the task of turning the building into a fine arts center. It wasn’t until the summer of 1984 that any shows were performed in the Tin Shop Theatre. Since then, over 100 productions have appeared on stage. 2003 marks our 15th summer season in this historic facility

General Info:

  • All performances are Michigan time and SEATING IS LIMITED – Reserve your tickets early. The Tin Shop Theatre is not accepting reservations via e-mail at this time.
  • Where if it’s great theatrical performances you’re looking for, look no further than the Tin Shop Theatre.
  • For more information and ticket reservations call the box office at (269)695-6464 or visit their web site tinshoptheatre.org
  • Tickets can be purchased directly here.

Click here for the 2019 Season Ticket Holder Letter.