Irving Theatre

21220 Fenkell Street,
Detroit, MI 48223

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This theater, located in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood, once sat over 1000, and opened in 1927. It stood on Fenkell Street at the corner of Blackstone Street. The Irving was designed by the firm of Kohner & Payne, whose other Detroit movie houses included the Uptown and the John Eberson-inspired Ramona, both long gone.

After a long life as a first-run theater, the Irving turned to adult fare in the 70s, and continued to screen adult features into the 90s before it closed. The former theater most recently housed a church, but had been vacant for the past couple of years. In May 2007, the building was destroyed in a fire.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 5, 2006 at 3:45 pm

Another photo of the former Irving theater is here.

kencmcintyre on March 12, 2006 at 5:10 pm

Here is another photo. The church may have abandoned ship:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2006 at 3:59 am

This is a closeup of the former Irving theater. This is one of the oddest color schemes that I have seen.

kencmcintyre on March 17, 2006 at 5:59 am

That makes my eyes hurt.

sdoerr on May 12, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Another one lost. Fellow friend of mine, johnlatuer reports a fire that appears to have destoryed the theater. A shame this is because it appeared intact from the exterior.

I never got my shots :/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 15, 2007 at 7:24 am

A Robert-Morton theater organ size 2/6 was installed in the Irving Theater in Detroit in 1925.

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