This $500,00 theatre opened with Cecil B. Demille's The Ten Commandments as its first feature. During WW2 it stayed open 24/7 to allow residents to watch newsreels whenever they could or desired. As drive-ins became the norm and more desired way to watch movies, The Saenger fell into disuse and closed in 1975. Later donated to the city and with the help of the University of West Florida, the theatre was restored in 1981 and used for jazz performances.
Since then, the theatre was renovated again, costing about $15 million and the first performance was Jesus Christ Superstar in 2009. The theatre is still operation providing various entertainment for attendees.