Stratford Theatre

4751 W. Vernor Highway,
Detroit, MI 48201

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Stratford Theatre, Detroit, Michigan in 1916 - Interior

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The Stratford Theatre opened in 1916, designed by Joseph P. Jogerst, and could seat 1,137. At some point during the 1930’s, it received an elegant Art Deco facelift, with a cream and salmon colored terra-cotta facade, and new triangular marquee.

After closing years earlier, the Stratford Theatre reopened in the summer of 1985 offering a free movie series. At this time, seating was reduced to about 600. However, the theatre was closed again at the end of that summer, and has remained vacant since.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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sdoerr
sdoerr on March 4, 2004 at 12:53 pm

Go here for a picture of the theater today and the old interior.

sdoerr
sdoerr on November 13, 2004 at 8:37 am

This theater is owned by a church, but still remains vacant. A message for a party remains on the marquee.

JohnMLauter
JohnMLauter on January 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm

…..and was played by Doris Goutow

Yves Marchand
Yves Marchand on August 1, 2008 at 3:12 pm

The building recently reopened as a furniture (+ various stuff) store. Some original deco and curtain still remains inside.

Yves Marchand
Yves Marchand on May 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Checked it some days ago. The store that occupied the auditorium is now closed.

jschneider
jschneider on February 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I am interested in finding out more information on the origins of the Stratford. My family, Schneiders, originally built the city block it was housed in and were officers in the Dix Theater Company which included the Stratford. Who currently owns the theater and is there a way I can gain access to the inside for family history purposes? I’m looking for some contact information on current ownership.

Broan
Broan on January 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm

http://books.google.com/books?id=1qEbAQAAMAAJ&dq=cove%20lighting%20theater&pg=PA1989#v=onepage&q=cove%20lighting%20theater&f=false

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