Myrtle Theater

3515 17th Street,
Detroit, MI 48208

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Located at 17th Street and Myrtle Street (today renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard), the Myrtle Theater was opened in 1913, and was enlarged in 1926. The Myrtle Theater closed in 1950. It became a pattern shop.

It was demolished around 2012 and the site has become a parking lot.

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LouisRugani
LouisRugani on December 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Letter: “Phantom Empire: Gene Autry, Frankie Darro— Here is something different in serials. Based on the fantastic ideas made popular by the comic strips such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Started this on a hot Sunday but it is building and holding those who started it. It is well done with more plot than most serials. Just showed the third episode. The producers deserve credit for this new idea in serials and the clever manner in which this has been produced. â€"J.E. Stocker, Myrtle Theatre, Detroit, Mich"

LouRugani
LouRugani on June 1, 2011 at 12:48 am

The MYRTLE closed the same year that its original builder and longtime owner died. Jacob E. Stocker passed on at 76 on November 16, 1950. He had also been a director of Allied Theatres of Michigan, and was survived by a daughter, Mildred Toplin of Washington and a son, Seymour, of Detroit, and is buried at Cloverhill Park Cemetery in Detroit.

In the mid-1950s, the MYRTLE was being used by a pattern shop. Late in October 2010, a Karen O'Donoghue purchased the MYRTLE theatre building at public auction for $500.

jmike47
jmike47 on June 1, 2012 at 5:02 am

I live in Oxford, Mississippi, but my father lived on Myrtle Street (2131 Myrtle Street) in the early 40’s during WWII. He was about 12 years old. Can anyone tell me how far this theater is from where my father lived on the same street? Is Myrtle Street now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard?

JBottero
JBottero on June 23, 2013 at 6:02 am

It appears to be a shiny new parking lot now.

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