Cinderella Theatre

13305-9 E. Jefferson Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48215

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1920's photo courtesy of Jim Hudson.

The Cinderalla Theatre was built for J.N. Robinson and opened on January 13, 1924 with Matt Moore in “"Stangers of the Night” on the screen plus dancer Vera Sabina and four acts of vaudeville on the stage. Designed by architect Christian W. Brandt, the nearly 1,900-seat Cinderella Theatre on the East Side of Detroit was one of the larger of the city’s neighborhood houses.

Built in Spanish Colonial style, the Cinderella Theatre made for an impressive sight in its early years along E. Jefferson Avenue with its white terra-cotta facade and red Spanish-tile roofing.

The theatre contained a ‘Mighty’ Wurlitzer organ which was removed from the Cinderella Theatre in 1966. It is now housed in the Music House Museum, near Traverse City.

In 1953 it was sold to United Detroit Theatres, which modernized the Cinderella Theatre, replacing the seating and installing new projection equipment.

After the 1950 Walt Disney film “Cinderella” came out, the side walls of the theater were painted with scenes from that movie.

The Cinderella Theatre was closed in the mid-1970’s, and was demolished just a few years later. The site is still an empty plot of land in 2019.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 12, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Some photos of the Cinderella were on the cover of Boxoffice in August 1953. Click on a photo to expand it.
http://tinyurl.com/ybblo68

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm

1920’s photo added courtesy of Jim Hudson.

ScottCampbell
ScottCampbell on September 30, 2015 at 3:37 am

In 1971, The Cinderella hosted concerts by King Crimson, YES, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and J. Geils, who recorded their live album “Full House” there.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 3, 2015 at 3:59 pm

January 13th, 1924 grand opening ad in photo section.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 11, 2019 at 4:13 am

Opened with some vaudeville acts, and “Strangers of the night”.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 11, 2019 at 4:30 am

The site is still vacant.

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