Farmington Civic Theatre

33332 Grand River Avenue,
Farmington, MI 48336

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A late C. Howard Crane design in Art Moderne style, opening in late 1940, the Farmington Civic sat about 550 on the main floor and about 200 in the balcony.

The theater has an elegant blade marquee and elegant facade, in shades of red and off-white.

Though officially just the Civic Theatre, it was advertised as the Farmington Civic, so as not to confuse it with the Civic-Detroit (or Detroit-Civic, as it was variously called) a few miles away.

The only time the Civic ever closed in its history was in the winter of 1989-90 when Louis Wiltse tastefully converted the balcony into a piggy-backed second auditorium. It was reopened as the Farmington Civic 2 in early 1990, showing second-run fare.

The Civic is one of the few old-fashioned movie houses still in operation in all of southwestern Michigan, and has lost none of its charm and style over the decades.

According to “Andrea,” the theater has been operated by the city of Farmington for the past three years. For more information, call the city managers office (248) 474-5500 x221. The name of the person to get in touch with is Holly Manzella.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Oren Walther, Andrea

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 25, 2006 at 8:52 am

This is another photo of the Civic theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 31, 2006 at 6:44 am

Here is a recent photo of the Civic theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 19, 2007 at 5:41 am

This is a recent close-up view of the Farmington Civic 2.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2007 at 7:51 pm

Two more photos can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 6, 2008 at 11:57 am

This is the website for the Farmington Civic Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 13, 2008 at 9:19 am

That link didn’t last long. Here is an updated link for this theaters website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Here is a nice 2008 photo.

Trolleyguy on February 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

The blade marquee was recently shown on an episode of the TV show “Snapped.”

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