Ken Theatre

195 E. Jefferson Street,
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

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The Ken Theatre was one of the first movie theatres to utilize Quonset prefabricated materials in its construction. Built in 1947, from ground breaking to opening day was 12 weeks. Cost was $27,000.00. The Ken Theatre opened on September 19, 1947.

The long narrow auditorium had a vaulted ceiling. A nicely draped semi-circular proscenium framed a tiny stage. Otherwise the interior was quite plain.

The low-ceilinged dog-legged lobby led into the auditorium. Exterior decoration was limited to the lobby facade in maroon, yellow and ivory Kolorite (a structural glass product) and a tiny 2-sided letterboard and neon sign.

The architect was I. A. Zakryzewski.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 6, 2004 at 4:03 pm

If someone can find a Barbie Theatre, we might be able to start a new circuit!

Patsy
Patsy on February 18, 2005 at 6:14 pm

The Town of Frankenmuth is a beautiful tourist town, too.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 28, 2006 at 3:22 pm

Go easy on the Ken and Barbie jokes. it’s bad karma.

Patsy
Patsy on October 14, 2006 at 11:41 am

Any photos of this one?

steelbeard1
steelbeard1 on September 12, 2007 at 5:52 am

I forgot to add that this theater was torn down long ago.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2007 at 9:57 am

This website has photos of the former Ken Theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm

According to an ad in Boxoffice magazine in September 1963, the address for the Ken Theater was 195 E. Jefferson, Frankenmuth.

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