Penn Theatre

760 Penniman Avenue,
Plymouth, MI 48170

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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.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 28, 2007 at 9:08 am

The Penn Theater appears to be open. Here is a website for this theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 2, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Here is a 2007 photo of the Penn Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I would have never thought of posting that link. :P

kencmcintyre on January 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine, May 1960:

Charlotte L. Lush and Margaret E. Wilson have registered title to the Penn Theater in Plymouth, long operated by Harry Lush, who died a few weeks ago.

friendofthepenn on September 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

The Penn Theatre has just completed an auditorium renovation. New seats, epoxy flooring, carpet, drapery, paint, surround speakers, and renovated original wall sconces. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Many thanks to all of our donors, volunteers, and patrons who continue to make the Penn successful.

rivest266 on October 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Google Street view now goes inside this cinema.

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