Perrien Theatre

4738 Chene Street,
Detroit, MI 48207

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The Perrien Theatre was opened by 1914. It seated 330 and closed in 1929. It had reopened by 1931. It was remodeled in 1940 to the plans of architect Henry M. Freier. It was still open in 1957. The site is now a vacant lot.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

The Perrein Theatre was being listed in the FDY again by 1931.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

The July 24, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World mentions a “Perrient” Theatre at 930 Chene Street. According to the guide on this web page, the old address 930 Chene would have been in the modern 4700 block, so odds are good that the house was the Perrein Theatre and somebody just misspelled the name.

LouRugani
LouRugani on July 25, 2018 at 2:20 am

It was the Perrien Theatre, and was designed by William “Buck” Stratton, who also did the Brodhead Armory.

LouRugani
LouRugani on July 25, 2018 at 2:26 am

(Film Daily, Oct.-Dec. 1940) – Detroit — Edward Hilke, owner of the Perrien Theater, is starting a remodeling program, with stage remodeling being completed now. House is being reseated by International Seating Co. New front will be installed next year. Architect Henry M. Freier is supervising the work.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Perrien Theatre is indeed the correct spelling. There is a Perrien Park in the neighborhood, in the 4800 block of Chene Street. The theater was listed in the 1914 city directory.

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