Columbia Theatre

50 Monroe Street,
Detroit, MI

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Columbia Theatre

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Opened by John Kunsky in 1911 as his first true movie house in Detroit, after several earlier nickelodeons, including the nearby Bijou (opened as the Cent Odeon), the C. Howard Crane designed Columbia could seat over 1000, and was located on Monroe Street, which was the city’s first entertainment district prior to being displaced by Grand Circus Park in the late Teens and early Twenties.

The Columbia contained a pipe organ and has its own house orchestra in its early decades of operation.

It was closed in 1956 and has long since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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sdoerr
sdoerr on December 20, 2003 at 12:01 pm

I recently seen another photo of this theatre, the National is located to the left right outside the picture. Today it is an empty field across the street from Hard Rock Cafe Detroit.

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