6540 Woodward Avenue,
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Opened in 1932 as the Trans-Lux Theater, this branch of the popular newsreel circuit seated a little over 340. It was designed by Thomas W. Lamb — his only work in the city of Detroit.
The Trans-Lux Theater had a feature which was advertised as "daylight projection" (actually rear projection), so that theater-goers were able to move around the smallish auditorium without it being overly darkened.
In 1934, the "daylight projection" system was taken out in favor of a standard projection booth. Seating was also increased to 700 and it was renamed the Center Theater.
Growing interest in television spelled the end of the Center Theater, and it was shuttered some time in the 1960s.
The former theater was later converted for retail use, and today houses a thrift shop.
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