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 theatre.

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

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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.

edwardkern on October 16, 2015 at 11:19 pm

I was the projectionist at the Detroit theatre. best job I ever had. between 2000 to 2011 I was the projectionist. I was the projectionist that closed the theatre on jan 30 2011. I shut the projectors off and kissed the 4 walls and cried. sonny kern 216-990-5209

dallasmovietheaters on November 20, 2015 at 12:40 am

The Detroit was architected by Nicola Petti. The French windows, Rafaello decorations on the wall panels, and Bourdeaux curtains were among the few flourishes of the fairly subdued auditorium design. It was built for $275,000 and constructed for the Homestead Theatre Co. Circuit adding to their Cleveland area neighborhood theatres by owners Julius Schwartz and Dr. I. Body. Everything was mechanically controlled at open in 1924 to lower the cost of operations. That business model worked for more than 85 years until closure.

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