Lasky Theatre

13320 Joseph Campau Avenue,
Hamtramck, MI 48212

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Opened in 1926, the Lasky Theatre could seat around 1,000. It was closed by 1950, and its interior soon after gutted for retail use. It served in this capacity as a furniture store, until it also closed and the building was demolished in 2009.

Though its facade was relatively plain and devoid of ornamentation, its Art Deco-era marquee was still fairly intact, and survived as signage for whatever store might have been housed in the former theater at the time.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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LaskyFurniture on October 27, 2007 at 5:20 am

I am to young to know that that piece was given away or not, and anyone in the family is now long gone. However, everyone knows that the theater was closed in the very early 1950’s, and those kinds of promotions that were given away were done much earlier than the 1950’s. There is also no paperwork left at all from the theater. I do have invoices from the furniture side from the 1940’s though.

sushi1girl on October 27, 2007 at 8:32 pm

I figured it was kind of a shot in the dark—thanks anyway; I appreciate your input! :)

michnative on April 3, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Does anyone know the name of the owners for the Lasky Theatre around 1930???

LaskyFurniture on February 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm

My Great grandfather, Jacob Lasky, his son, Lou Lasky, and his son in law, Isadore Berman owned this building from 1911 on, until it closed around 1950.

CazyNayNay1988 on May 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Someone torched the place last night, roof is gone, and it might be a total loss!!! Good bye Lasky furniture, we have been neighbors for a long time (granddaughter of Theresa -now deceased- your neighbor for 40 years-her house was torched too recently.)

InDetroit on May 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I was in the building a number of times since February. I live close by. I took some shots of the theater ceiling weeks ago (I was surprised and happy to see the entire theater ceiling was still in there!). I was quite disappointed to see how much more damage had occurred to the interior (Done by scrappers and vandals) since my first visit. Was saddened to discover what had happened yesterday. Some of the shots I’ve taken can be seen here:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2010 at 6:48 am

Here is an obituary for Jacob Lasky, published in Billboard, November 17, 1951:[quote]“LASKY— Jacob C.,
85, owner of the Lasky Theatre, Detroit, November 6. He built the house in 1926, leasing it to the Koppin Circuit originally, and later operating it himself for a time. Survived by his widow, Bessie, and five children. Interment in Clover Hill Park Cemetery, Detroit.”[/quote]

mortalman on June 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I am really confused about the Lasky Theatre history and ownership. I added a comment some years ago stating that my father worked for the owners of the Lasky Theatre. I have clear memories from my mother that also worked at the Lasky Theatre that the owners of the Lasky Theatre were the Sol brothers. There was a 3rd brother and his name was Harry Krim that I found on the internet. He was an elderly man in his late 80s I believe. He lived in a place called Farmington Hills, Michigan. I found him and talked to him by phone on April 6, 2006! He verified that he was the younger brother of Mac and Sol Krom and that they were the owners of the Lasky Theatre on the SE corner of Davison and Jos. Campau. As a child we lived around the corner from the Lasky Theatre on Dearing between Jos. Campau and Mitchell Sts. So, two people claim to have owned the Lasky Theatre this man named Berman that has made contributions on this comment section of this website and I have what seems to be irrefutable evidence that the Krim brothers owned this theatre. I’m sure there must be a logical explaination to the inconsistencies surrounding the history and ownership of the Lasky Theatre. I sure hope someone comes up with some answers before we’re all dead and buried. I am going to call Harry Krim tomorrow because I still have his phone number and with the Lord willing he may still be alive for me to. talk to, again.. sta

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 18, 2011 at 3:39 am

mortalman: Most likely the building and the business were under separate ownership. Such arrangements are not rare. The Laskys owned the building, and the Krim brothers must have owned and operated the theater business for at lest part of its history, leasing the theater portion of the building from the Laskys.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 18, 2011 at 3:54 am

Also, this theater was demolished in 2009. Photos here.

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