50 Monroe Avenue,
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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 Theatre could seat 1,006, and was located on Monroe Street (now Avenue), which was the city’s first entertainment district prior to being displaced by Grand Circus Park in the late-1910 and early-1920’s.
The Columbia Theatre 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.
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