1 Cadillac Square,
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Built within the former Kirkwood Hotel on Cadillac Square, the Family Theatre opened on May 3, 1909. It began to screen films five years later, starting with the comedy "Tillie’s Punctured Romance". The Family Theatre, designed by Fuller Claflin, could seat 943.
After decades as a popular first-run house, like so many other theaters, the Family Theatre switched over to pornographic features in the 1960’s, and created quite a stir, not so much for its films, but because it didn’t change it’s wholesome-sounding name. However, it did soon change its name, to the Follies Theatre.
In 1973, during a screening of "Deep Throat", the Follies Theatre caught on fire. However, as they fled the burning theater, some customers actually stopped at the box office to ask for their money back!
The shell of the theater was demolished a couple months later.
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