Punch and Judy Theater

21 Kercheval Street,
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on March 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Grand opening was January 29, 1930 showing “Disraeli”. At $5 a ticket for the opening, the theater made a statement about its clientele: high end in a high end environment. Costing almost $1,000 a seat to construct – incredibly high for a neighborhood theatre – Detroit’s wealth wanted a showplace in their ‘hood and it delivered. It even had widescreen film projection ability at the opening despite the lack of films shot in widescreen. Grand opening ad in photos and some interior shots, as well.

Final film was a premiere of “Big Meat Eater” on August 29, 1984 under the Class Film Theatre (CFT) operation.

plamas
plamas on August 15, 2015 at 6:42 am

I was in a BAND CALLED sOOTHSAYER IN THE LATE 70’S AND WE PLAYED AT THIS HISTORIC THEATER…AT THAT TIME IT WAS ABOUT TO CLOSE DOWN, VERY SAD…

Hooligan
Hooligan on June 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Born in 1965 & living on Fisher Rd in Grosse Point until moving overseas in 1972, I have vague recollections of seeing several movies at the Punch & Judy. Perhaps one of the only reasons I’ve remembered it’s name after 4 decades is because the name was pretty unusual.

Movies I vividly remember seeing, and probably saw at the Punch & Judy, include now-classics like Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Phantom Tollbooth, and ??

It’s disgusting that Grosse Pointe Farms city council seemed to want to bring an end to the structure being used for performances which potentially create such happy memories. There’s got to be more to that story, as I’m sure the council members also had fond memories of the place.

I can see how the stereotypical fans of the Rocky Horror Picture Show aren’t exactly the type of people that snobby Grosse Pointe may have wanted.

seenoevil
seenoevil on March 4, 2009 at 12:38 am

DearlyDeparted,

I’d be really interested in asking you about seeing ‘Within The Woods’

Could you send me over an email to rob@breakawayfxDOTcom (replace DOT with . just to stop spam)

scottmichaels
scottmichaels on January 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Hey brooklynbobby – I was an usher at that time, under Mr. Etter. I think I remember you, before the Shaker tenure, which all but ruined the place.

I’m still pals with Marianne as well, from the concession stand.

Nice to see you still boppin around. BTW the screening of the first Evil Dead was called Within the Woods. I still have my ticket stub. All the best.

BobBetke1
BobBetke1 on December 27, 2008 at 11:57 am

Actually I was part of the management of the Punch in the late 70’s.
We had plenty of bands play there with out any problems.
It’s where The Rocky Horror Picture Show was shown at midnight every Friday and Saturday.
Also, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell used the theater to show a rough cut of “The Evil Dead"
to potential investors.

RobertR
RobertR on November 26, 2004 at 10:34 am

What a beautiful building and theatre, the city council should be shot.