Detroit Theatre

16407 Detroit Avenue,
Lakewood, OH 44107

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Detroit Theatre

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The Detroit Theatre was built in 1924 and was operated by Universal Pictures chain. It was closed for three years during World War II. Originally built with a stage as a single auditorium, it was split down the middle in 1989 to become a twin theater.

It was closed on January 30, 2011. It was demolished in 2012, and a McDonalds restaurant now sits on the site.

Contributed by Laura Parsons

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

Hibi on April 21, 2009 at 5:39 am

The Detroit was a first run house in the 60s and 70s,. showing films in tandem with the Cedar-Lee on the east side and sometimes with other theaters, once the downtown theaters started to close and first run movies started to be booked elsewhere in the city. It that seating capacity right? It seems far too small. Would think it was double that (at least back then).

buckguy on December 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm

It was a small theatre, but I think 425 was too small. We occasionally came west as a novelty to see first run shows here in the 60s. I remember seeing “Thunderball” there.

CSWalczak on January 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

It is sad to report, but the Detroit shall be closing as of January 30, 2011: View link

dave-bronx™ on January 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

It has indeed closed after the last show tonight. The other theatre this owner has, the Parma, has been up for sale but is still operating. We’ll see how much longer that one lasts.

RobertR on February 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

The 1975 marquee was beautiful but it looks like it was let go to hell by 1982

CSWalczak on February 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Status should be closed.

terencetekushan on June 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I just read that McDonald’s wants to buy the Detroit and tear it down.

bwaynef on March 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Chuck1231, I’m pretty sure the evening photo of the Detroit that you have linked here was taken sometime between December 1969 and March 1970 because the attraction is “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” which played the Detroit at that time. P.S. Thanks for the photo.

CSWalczak on May 11, 2012 at 10:23 pm

After being used for firefighter training, the venerable Detroit Theater will soon be demolished to make away for a McDonald’s restaurant. View link

Hibi on September 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

How sad. That theater outlasted so many other theaters. Torn down for a McDonald’s. Progress.

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