Civic Detroit Theater

12327 Kelly Road,
Detroit, MI 48224

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1941 photo courtesy of John Mitten.

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Opened in 1941, the Civic Detroit Theater was an Art Moderne style first-run house, which could seat around 1,455, all on a single floor. It was also known at various times as the Detroit Civic Theatre.

In 1980, it was acquired by Eric and Ervin Steiner, who triplexed the auditorium in 1981.

It closed in 1984, and was subsequently used as a furniture warehouse, though it retains some of its original decoration.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on January 26, 2008 at 9:28 pm

The bottom photo is the Civic. The theater visible at the top is the Tower, also in Detroit:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 15, 2009 at 1:22 am

The Civic was the subject of an article in Boxoffice, July 19, 1941. There are several photos. The architect of the Civic was Kenneth S. Frazier, who also designed the Carmen Theatre in Dearborn the same year.

AnnSupanich on January 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Hello, this is Ann Supanich. I worked at the Civic Theater from December, 1983 to July, 1984. Good times! Does anyone have information on who owns the building now? Is the furniture shop still operating?

DavidZornig on December 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm

1941 photo added courtesy of John Mitten.

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