Westown Theater

15225 Wyoming Street,
Detroit, MI 48238

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Westown Theater

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The Westown Theater 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 2,000, and was part of the Wisper-Wetsman Theaters 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 Theater closed in 1964, and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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EvanJChase
EvanJChase on January 20, 2015 at 6:03 am

On viewing an old 1939 industrial/sales film—made by the Jam Handy company in Detroit—on Archive.org, actor James Dunn walks past and stops in front of a gorgeous old deco theatre. After some detective work, I discovered the theatre is this one—the 2000 seat Westown. The giveaway was a sign above the entrance directing patrons to park in a lot on Fenkell Avenue—obviously around the corner—also the letter “W” above the poster frame.

https://archive.org/details/1981_Face_in_the_Mirror_I_Wonder_The_M00878_00_00_55_00

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