Ryan Theatre

22884 Ryan Road,
Warren, MI 48091

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Ryan Theatre exterior

The Ryan Theatre opened on December 28, 1949, with a seating capacity of 1,400, all located on a single floor. One of the special features was the side exit vestibule that opened to a 500 car parking lot with a covered canopy for the patrons to wait under.

The block brick building had a moulted cream, tan and red porcelain enamel front. The double marquee was lined with bright neon stars on the center.

Flowers were painted on a green backround on the lobby walls. The auditorium had the same effect with the flowers and patterns on painted walls. Restrooms were done in a cream tile and terazzo floors.

The Ryan Theatre closed in the early-1970’s and now the building is completely modernized and retail space occupies the lobby and auditorium. As a movie theatre it was operated by Motor City Theatres.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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gaily on March 7, 2005 at 5:42 pm

I lived in back of this theatre my entire life. The parking lot was huge and the theatre had an “art deco” look. The theatre closed after a neighborhood kid started a fire inside the building (while it was closed).

kencmcintyre on September 1, 2007 at 2:35 am

The Ryan was part of the Schulte circuit in the early sixties.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 6, 2011 at 6:53 am

Various publications of the AIA, as well as most other sources, spell the architect’s first name as Talmage, without the “d.” The name is spelled correctly in the introduction to Cinema Treasures' Rapids Theatre page, but not in the architect field.

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