Alger Theater

16451 E. Warren Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48224

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Alger Theater

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Opened in 1935, the Art Deco style Alger Theater could seat 1,182 in its auditorium. It was originally built for the United Detroit circuit, but was not long afterwards acquired by the Wisper & Westman chain, and later by Suburban Detroit Theatres.

The Alger Theater had its interior modernized in the early-1970’s. Its exterior, complete with the tower with the theater’s name on it, was left relatively untouched.

In 1977, the Alger Theater stopped showing movies and switched to live shows, for which a new stage was built.

However, by 1983, it was showing movies once again, mostly horror and action films. During a screening of "Friday the 13th Part 5" in 1985, a riot broke out in the auditorium and a fire was set, which caused heavy damage to much of the interior, forcing the Alger Theater to close down.

In 1987, the theater was purchased by a group called The Friends of the Alger, whose goal is to return the theater to its original appearance.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm

The Friends pf the Alger is holding a fund-raiser: View link

Chris1982
Chris1982 on December 6, 2014 at 12:47 am

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 22, 2005 Reference number 05000719 Architectural style: Modern Movement: Art Deco

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