Wayne Theatre

35164 Michigan Avenue,
Wayne, MI 48184

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Built in 1927, the historic Wayne Theatre was one of the last flat ceiling vaudeville houses left in the country whoch was first ran by the Koppin Vaudeville Circuit.

The theatre closed in 1930 due to the onset of the Great Depression, but reopened by 1931 with a greater focus on movies.

In 1951, the lobby was converted into a music store and the whole theatre was later converted into office space and retail shops.

In 1985, a fire destroyed the stores in the former lobby area.

In around 2001, the Wayne Theatre was in the process of being renovated and restored back into a theatre by the Palace Theatre Company/Wayne Theatre Corporation. Sadly, it was demolished in the summer of 2008.

Contributed by Matthew Wilkinson, Sean Doerr

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

sdoerr on January 30, 2004 at 6:05 am

That is correct Charles. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask me. I am a volunteer there, I know a lot about the place,

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 11, 2004 at 9:36 am

Shouldn’t this theatre be listed as just the Wayne Theatre? Isn’t “historic” used here just as an adjective? Was it ever really called the Historic Wayne Theatre?

sdoerr on October 22, 2004 at 1:58 pm

Come one come all! The Haunted Theatre is in full swing, and the profits go directly to the theatre. You can also get a look at the whole thing after you go through the fright! More info on our website.

nicole16 on October 30, 2005 at 12:10 pm

This was interesting to read because Henry S. Koppin was my great grandfather, it’s always fun to read something about your family online as long as it’s not something bad that is!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Additional photos can be found here.

kencmcintyre on January 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm

This is an article dated 12/20/07 about the possible demolition of the Wayne:

sdoerr on March 4, 2008 at 1:17 pm

It’s all over… thanks for your support everyone.

Demolition approved by the new owner… the city of Wayne. Asbestos abatement to occur in the very near future.

Attempt underway to remove plaster decorative elements.

A piece of Wayne’s history is gone, a sad day for a city that doesn’t have much history left to spare.

sdoerr on September 21, 2008 at 12:59 am

The pride of Wayne is now gone.


spectrum on January 23, 2009 at 6:02 am

The link posted by Lost Memory on 1/27/08 now shows photos of the demolition.

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