East Side Theatre

2717 Gratiot,
Detroit, MI 48207

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The East Side was located on Gratiot just east of Chene. It was opened in 1910 by Sam Ackerman seating 782. It originally had a Wurlitzer pipe organ that is now in the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oaks. In 1925, the theater was remodeled by architect George V. Pottle.

The East Side operated some 50 years by the Ackerman family and later by David Korman. It closed in 1959 and later was converted to a church which has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on June 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

Wurlitzer theatre organ opus 1815 replaced an earlier, smaller Wurlitzer, their opus 1139 which had been installed in the East Side on 08/19/1925. Wurlitzer took Opus 1139 in trade and later sold it to the Sylvia Theatre in Bellevue, Kentucky.

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