Loop Theater

418 Michigan Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48226

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1936 photo courtesy of the Vintage Automobile Dealerships and Automobilia Facebook page.

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Designed by H.D. Ilgenfritz and opened in 1928, this small 550-seat theater operated as a 24-hour house, and was popular with second-and-third shift workers.

Its most notable feature was its large vertical marquee, towering over the unassuming facade, and topped by a circle with a bright red star in it, its name spelled out below.

After nearly three decades in operation, the Loop was closed in 1956 and has since been razed.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

sdoerr
sdoerr on June 28, 2005 at 11:13 pm

This location based on photos I have is today the site of the ugly extension of the SBC Ameritech Building which features that strange red sculpture at the corner of the streets.

sdoerr
sdoerr on May 17, 2006 at 9:55 pm

This link will take you to a night shot that includes the Loop marquee, though very hard to see

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 18, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Just added a killer 1936 photo of the Loop Theatre I ran across on the Vintage Automobile Dealerships and Automobilia Facebook page. It even has the star at the top mentioned in the Overview.

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