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The Westown opened in 1936, designed in a French-Moderne hybrid by Detroit-based Charles N. Agree, and featured an unusually extravagant marquee for a neighborhood house.
The theater could seat over 2000, and was part of the Wisper and Westman chain, costing nearly $250,000 to construct.
On its opening night, guests were shown footage of themselves entering the theater before the main feature, a gimmick often used for downtown palaces' opening nights, but unusual for a neighborhood theater.
The Westown closed in 1964, and has since been demolished.
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