Trans-Lux Krim

16531 Woodward Avenue,
Highland Park, MI 48203

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Krim Theatre

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The Krim Theater, designed by Charles N. Agree in his usual Streamline Moderne style, opened in 1941. It could seat over 760.

During most of the 1950’s, the Krim Theater screened art and foreign fare, and featured a nearly year-long run of “Julius Caesar” with Marlon Brando, which outgrossed most of the downtown movie palaces.

Later renamed the Trans-Lux Krim, the theater turned to pornographic films in the 1970’s and 1980’s, before being purchased by the Revival Tabernacle Assembly of God church in 1990.

Still owned by the church, the former theater is now dwarfed by the church’s new building next door, which opened in the summer of 2002.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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brian74
brian74 on June 4, 2004 at 1:18 pm

I can’t remember ever going to see a movie there when I was young, as far as I can remember, it always showed adult movies. Although it had a marquee, it never really stood out until they started advertising adult movies.

sdoerr
sdoerr on December 5, 2004 at 8:47 pm

Pictures of Trans-Lux Krim
It appears the theater may be somewhat intact.

brainvib
brainvib on December 8, 2006 at 3:27 pm

In the middle 40s, immediately following WWII, the KRIM, was an economy house. I remember paying .09 cents to see three movies and
a cartoon an newsreel. The movies were from the 30s and relatively
recent B movies. Two I remember was Paul Muni in Scarface and also
James Cagney in White Heat. This format lasted until the KRIM became an ART theater featuring foreign films, The KRIM was right down the street from the RKO UPTOWN, a more upscale theater, and was seemingly seeking a way to stay open.

johndt41
johndt41 on August 20, 2007 at 5:57 pm

I remember the Krim as the primier art house in Detroit in the 50s. The other 2 were Surf & Coronet. Later the Studio became the most important. AND GOD CREATED WOMAN may have been their biggest moneymaker. They showed all the Bardot movies. I think LA DOLCE VITA & BREATHLESS played here. I do remember I AM A CAMERA, THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES & Tyrone Guthrie’s film of his Stratford Ontario production of OEDIPUS REX. They put in a new stereo sound system for the re-release of FANTASIA. Also THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN EYES & VICTIM. Now & then they showed revivals. I remember THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS & THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS.

Samuel Augustus Jennings
Samuel Augustus Jennings on December 14, 2008 at 6:02 pm

I was 13 years old in 1958 and desperate to see Brigitte Bardot in “And God Created Woman” during its long run at the Krim. When a highly edited version opened at the neighborhood Linwood Theater that year my 14 year old cousin “Pookie” and I hid under the seats after the Saturday matinee so we could sneek and peek at what all the fuss was about. Fortunately I was old enough to get into the picture show a few doors down from the Krim. Was that the RKO Uptown? It seems they were both just south of the 6 Mile Road intersection. I was devastated by the destruction of Woodward Avenue, Downtown, and the Highland Park commercial district as I rode through in 1997. In the late 50’s I used to take the McNichols bus over to Woodward then ride the streetcar downtown and have a hot fudge sundae at Sanders when Detroit was still vibrant, bustling and full of trees and jobs. It is so sad to see a once proud city now largely abandoned and deteriorated. Most of all I miss the grand old Michigan Central Station and the New York Central trains.

Murrotavitch
Murrotavitch on November 11, 2011 at 9:28 am

Does anyone remember who purchased this theatre in the 70’s and turned it into the adult movie venue?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Featured on a front cover of The Modern Theatre section in 1962: Boxoffice

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Detroit
Detroit on November 16, 2013 at 7:59 am

I had the Krim Theatre & Wood six …

Murrotavitch your question , 70’s purchased by George Luca , porn era. begins. anyone with questions contact me at Thanks

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