Rainbo Theater

9217 Grand River Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48204

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A late C. Howard Crane design, the Rainbo opened in 1939, and sat just 260. It was situated across the street from the far larger Grand Riviera and not far from the Riviera’s Annex. The Rainbo survived until 1950.

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sdoerr
sdoerr on August 12, 2004 at 1:29 pm

Looks like the theater is still intact.
Recent exterior shot: here

Can anyone verify this, and possibly have any interior picures or see if we can contact the owners to get the chance to see the interior?

sdoerr
sdoerr on August 12, 2004 at 1:44 pm

If someone could help me get into contacts. I called the Lee beauty supply, and the woman said she doesn’t know what I am talking about, I also then said a fomer theater, she said no, and that they were in the comerica band building. Tax address lookup shwos the comerica bank building is 9201 – 9207 GRAND RIVER W.

sdoerr
sdoerr on August 12, 2004 at 4:58 pm

I entered the address on terra server, the theater could still be intact, the building looks unchanged:Link
Anyone have any ideas?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 24, 2007 at 12:25 pm

This is a circa 1951 photo of a closed Rainbo Theater for rent.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 19, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Here is the 1951 photo mentioned above:
http://tinyurl.com/56aetw

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 9:28 am

This striking 1936 color sketch might be pure fantasy. It doesn’t seem to match any of the four Rainbo theatres currently listed at this website: boxofficemagazine

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