760 Penniman Avenue,
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Opened just three days before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Penn’s first feature was "Weekend in Havana" with John Payne and Carmen Miranda.
This Art Moderne movie house was built for Harry R. Lush, who owned a couple of other theaters in Plymouth and Northville. The name of the theater was to have been the Park, because it faced Kellogg Park, but just prior to opening, the name was switched to the Penn, short for Penniman, the street the theater sits on in downtown Plymouth.
Over the decades, the Penn had several ownership changes, but continued to be a center of entertainment for the city of Plymouth until its sudden closure in 2004. It was briefly used as a church, then closed again.
In January 2006, it was purchased by the group, Friends of the Penn, made up of local business leaders, for $1.2 million. The theater was renovated and is now open as a venue for movies as well as live performances.
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