Farnum Theatre

9048 Joseph Campau Street,
Hamtramck, MI 48212

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 16, 2010 at 6:23 am

The December 11, 1917, issue of Michigan Film Review said that the new Farnum Theatre in Hamtramck had opened the previous Saturday (which would have been the 8th.) The house was operated by the Schram Amusement Company, headed by Ed Schram. Mr. Schram also operated a Detroit movie house called the Bernhardt.

An item in an earlier issue of the same publication said that the Farnum Theatre had purchased a Gardiner Velvet Gold Fibre Screen.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2010 at 6:45 am

Arcadia Publishing Company’s book “Hamtramck” by Greg Kowalski (at Google Books) has a nocturnal photo of the Farnum Theatre, the caption of which says that it opened in 1918 with 900 seats, and was closed in 1967 and has since been demolished.

It also says there were once seven movie theaters in Hamtramck, which means two are still missing from Cinema Treasures. I’ve been trying to track down a theater that was planned for Hamtramck in 1918. If it was built, it must be one of the missing two. An item in Michigan Film Review of February 26 that year said that it was to be located “…near Florian Street….” Assuming that it would have fronted on Joseph Campau Street, it probably wouldn’t be any of the five houses listed so far on CT. The nearest of those, the Star, was two blocks from Florian.

It was to be a big theater, in a two story building 72x118 feet, seating 1,600, and costing $100,000. Perhaps it never got built, but if it did, the architect was Joseph G. Kastler, of Detroit.

kathy2trips on March 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm

A large Family Dollar now occupies the spot at 9048 Joseph Campau, as well as 9028. The address of the family dollar is 9028.

kencmcintyre on July 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm

There is a vintage photo on this page: