13705 Gratiot Avenue,
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Previously operated by: United Detroit Theaters
Firms: Kohner & Payne
The Ramona Theatre, which opened in 1929, was designed by the firm of Kohner & Payne, and closely resembled the Grand Riviera Theatre (or Riviera) which was designed by John Eberson (and has since been demolished).
Like the Riviera Theatre, the Ramona Theatre had a domed hexagonal lobby, and its exterior was built to resemble an Italian palazzo.
Competition from the nearby Warren Cinema caused business at the aging Ramona Theatre to fall off in the late-1960’s and early-1970’s, and it was closed not long after.
It was used as a venue for rock concerts for several years, before being razed in early 1978.
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