10060 W. 8-Mile Road,
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The Duke Theatre 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 World War II in 1941, construction did not actually get underway until 1946, and the $300,000 theatre 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 and later a heating & cooling business, the building stood vacant for years. It was demolished in August 2010.
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