Oriole Theatre

8450 Linwood Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48206

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Just a few months after this 2,078-seat theater opened in late-1927 as the Orient Theatre, it changed its name to the Oriole Theatre, most likely due to the opening downtown of the similarly-named Oriental Theatre (which later became the RKO Downtown Theatre) around the same time.

It was designed by George D. Mason, who also designed the Great Lakes Theatre and Gem Theatre elsewhere in Detroit. After it closed in 1951, the Oriole Theatre sat vacant for over a decade, before being used as a church.

It has since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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DFTMatthew
DFTMatthew on July 17, 2007 at 1:09 pm

Detroit News article detailing use of the Oriole as a church. With photo of theater front.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2007 at 7:09 pm

A Marr & Colton theater organ size 3/17 was installed in the Orient Theater in 1927.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 10, 2007 at 11:22 am

Here are the works of George Mason:

Mason, George DeWitt (1856-1948)

Central Market Building (with Zachariah Rice) – Cadillac Square [Detroit]
Central Woodward Christian Church (AKA Little Rock Baptist Church) – 9000 Woodward Ave. [Detroit]
Century Building and Little Theatre – [Detroit]
Detroit Yacht Club
Gem Theatre (AKA Little, Rivoli, Drury Lane, Europa, Cinema, World, Vanguard) – 333 Madison Ave. [Detroit]
Grand Hotel – [Mackinac Island]
Great Lakes Theatre – 14832 Grand River Ave. [Detroit]
Hotel Ponchartrain (Original) – [Detroit]
Masonic Temple – 500 Temple Ave. [Detroit]
Oriole Theatre
Ransom Gillis Home (With Henry T. Brush) – 63 Alfred Street [Detroit]
Thompson Home
Trinity United Methodist Church
Walker, Franklin H., House

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 10, 2007 at 12:22 pm

A vintage photo of the Oriole Theater can be seen here.

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