Delft Theatre

907 Ludington Street,
Escanaba, MI 49829

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Delft Theatre

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Opened as the Delft Opera House in 1914. The architectural firm was Charlton & Kuenzli. It later became known simply as the Delft Theatre featuring motion pictures. The Delft now operates as a nightclub and bar.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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teecee on August 30, 2005 at 11:02 pm

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Photos of the Delft. I really like this person’s work. If you read her bio, she is still in high school. There is a lot of time for her to photograph & discover more theaters.

JacquesStrappe on October 13, 2007 at 9:30 pm

In response to TC’s comment — hey, thanks :) I’ve hit all the old theatres in Michigan now, can you believe that? Anyway, I’m up in the Marquette area, and recently hit Escanaba this past spring. It’s really great to see that the Michigan Theatre there will be showing movies again (it might be already, I haven’t visited since). The Delft, though, was looking worse for wear…

kencmcintyre on November 30, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Here is a guide if you are ever in the neighborhood:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2011 at 5:43 am

The name of one of the architects is misspelled. It should be Edwin O. Kuenzli. The page of Copper Country Architects devoted to Demetrius F. Charlton and his partners credits Kuenzli, who headed the firm’s Milwaukee office, with the design of this theater. Charlton & Kuenzli also designed the Butler Theatre in Ishpeming, Michigan.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on August 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm

A single line entry in The Motion Picture World, April 24, 1915, page 591, says “The Delft, at Escanaba, has put into use its new $5000 pipe organ.” That certainly gives a timeframe for when movies began to be shown here.

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