2615 Woodward Avenue,
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The Colonial Theatre, which was, like so many other Detroit theaters, a work of C. Howard Crane, was opened on October 8, 1917, and originally could seat 1,566 in its auditorium.
The Colonial Theatre had both vaudeville acts and motion pictures on its program in its early days, but soon switched to movies-only.
It was first owned, like the huge Hollywood Theatre, by the Cohen Brothers, and its original plans called for a nearly-3,000 seat palace, with over 200 box seats.
The Colonial Theatre was operated by Midwest Theaters from the 1950’s on, and operated into the mid-1970’s. Not long after it closed its doors, it was razed.
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