10060 8-Mile Road,
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This theater was named for jazz great Duke Ellington and was part of the Wisper and Westman circuit, seating about 1,500. It was designed by Charles N. Agree in late Streamline Moderne style.
Though construction was planned before America’s entry into WWII in 1941, construction did not actually get underway until 1946, and the $300,000 theater finally opened in early-1947.
By this time, however, the television era was beginning, unfortunately for the Duke Theatre, which lasted less than six years before Wisper and Wetsman closed it due to rapidly declining attendance.
Later gutted and used as a bowling alley, the building has been vacant for years.
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