Wyandotte Theater

102 Elm Street,
Wyandotte, MI 48192

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DonSolosan
DonSolosan on August 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Bobcat, I saw the X rated “Adventures of Emmanuelle” at the Wyandotte. However, I don’t recall if they were showing X rated movies regularly at the time.

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on June 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

The Three Stooges Fan Club is trying to confirm a Public Appearance by Them (Moe, Larry and Curly), possibly Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 18, 19 & 20, 1936. I saw posts that the theatre opened in 1938. If anyone can confirm dates and/or has display ads, or possibly a newspaper write-up, it will be appreciated. Thanks, Frank Reighter

Bobcat1005
Bobcat1005 on April 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I have been searching for information about the Wyandotte Theater for the past few weeks. Went to the library…didn’t find what I was actually looking for. I am trying to settle a dispute with a sibling. The Wyandotte Theater WAS a XXX theater for a short period of time…maybe a year or so. I was taken to my first XXX rated movie by friends for either my 18th or 21st birthday. Someone has to know where I could find documents and or pictures…to help settle this bet. It would have been sometime between 1977 to 1980 ish. It’s not something, I’m sure, our city wants to brag about having a XXX Theater within the city limits…but we did. The theater truly showed its age…very dingy & dirty…par for the course I guess.

I’ve dwindled my searches down to newspaper ads. The movie guide section where It listed ALL movies, drive-ins and XXX theaters and what they were showing along with show times. The X-rated & XXX movie theaters were always listed at the bottom of the page…the last ones to be listed. I dread the thought of going through property information from that long ago to see when it changed owner ship.

Proud to be born & raised here. It was my first and LAST XXX movie experience for those of you wondering. This is a bit of Wyandotte History in order to settle a dispute. Could someone please help me out here and shed a little light on the situation? I’m not crazy.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 31, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Nice looking theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Boxoffice Magazine ran an item about the opening of the Wyandotte Theatre in their issue of August 20, 1938. It was a single-screen theater with 1,500 seats, and was decorated in an American Indian motif.

The earliest mention of the Wyandotte as a duplex theater I’ve found is in the August 16, 1941, issue of Boxoffice which said that National Theatre Supply had received an order for carpeting and booth equipment for the project.

The January 10, 1942, issue of Boxoffice said that the Wyandotte Theatre’s Annex had opened on New Year’s Day. The original plan for the house had been to show double bills in one auditorium with a single feature and short subjects in the other, but the policy management settled on was to have both auditoriums running the same double feature program, but on a staggered schedule.

I ran across a 1958 Boxoffice item (which I’ve now lost track of, unfortunately) which reported that a minor fire had taken place in the main auditorium of the Wyandotte Theatre during a performance. Though the fire had been quickly extinguished the auditorium smelled of smoke, and so the audience was moved to the smaller auditorium, which had not been in use that night, and the show continued there.

The item said that one or the other of the auditoriums was usually not in use by this time, and the auditorium management opened on a given night depended on how much business they were expecting for the scheduled program. I’ve not been able to find out when they began using both auditoriums on a regular basis again.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on May 8, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I was looking at some photos at the Bacon Library (Wyandotte) website and Majestic and Rialto were completely separate from the Wyandotte Theater, so they should be removed from the “also known as…” line. I’ll be creating new pages for these theaters.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on May 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm

According to this website:

http://www.daads.org/threatened02.htm

The Main was built in 1938, but the Annex was added sometime in the 40s to handle overflow crowds. They showed the same movie until 1958. If it’s true that the Main seated 1700, and the total seating was 2000, then the Annex only seated 300 — ? That’s not right.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on January 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm

RDtoo, I was just joking. I was born at Wyandotte General and grew up over in Southgate. Sometimes it’s easier to say you’re from Detroit because no one knows where Wyandotte (or Southgate, for that matter) is.

RDtoo
RDtoo on January 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Don, Wyandotte is about 10 miles due south of Downtown Detroit. And yes, I was referring to Connie Kreski. Of course her last name was different when she worked at the theatre, but I will not reveal that out of respect for her and her family. I believe Connie passed away several years ago.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm

RDtoo, I think you mean 1969 Playmate of the Year. Connie Kreski was born in Wyandotte, appeared in the Jan 68 magazine, and was voted Playmate of the Year for 1969. Of course, IMDB lists her birth city as Detroit. Wyandotte? Where’s that?!

RDtoo
RDtoo on February 22, 2008 at 10:44 pm

My father managed the Wyandotte Theatre from the early to mid 50s until he left to manage the brand new Southland Theatre in 1970. His name was Howard Denial. I am his son Robert (Bob). My mother Mary Jo managed the concession stand during those years. The theatre was a part of the Suburban Detroit Theatre chain owned by Richard and Eugene Sloan. My dad told me that the Wyandotte was the first theatre to have two screens under one roof. Many celebrities stopped by on promotional tours, like Jerry Lewis, Dwayne Hickman and the supporting cast of the Beach Party films to name a few. An Usherette from the early 60s went on to become the 1968 Playmate of the year. I have a photo of her in her usherette outfit along with alot of other photos and memorbilia that I hope to exhibit at the Bacon Library sometime in the near future. I myself worked as a ticket taker at the Wyandotte in 1972 or 73 after my father had left. I later worked for him at Southland. It was sad to see the theatre demolished.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on January 31, 2008 at 12:06 am

Linda, I may have attended a few screenings while you were working there. My earliest memory of the Wyandotte is going with my family to Flipper’s New Adventure (1964). And even though I was just a little kid, I realized that there was something special about that place. I really liked the Chief Wyandotte busts, although at that time I didn’t know who he was.

Later, my dad would drop my brother and I off and when I could manage it, I would stick around and watch the movie twice. This place helped instill in me a love not only for movies, but for movie theaters.

sdoerr
sdoerr on September 30, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Demolished, gone.

lgwilson
lgwilson on September 11, 2007 at 3:53 pm

I also worked at the Wyandotte Theater from probably 1967 t0 1971. It was my first job and I was an usherette,then later a cashier.The best times for me were when the show was so full there was standing room only. Those were the days of James Bond movies and Clint Eastwood westerns. The manager, Mr. Robert Denial had such a loud voice, you could hear him over the entire theater, and I think most kids were afraid of him. Back then, an usherette actually seated you with her flashlight and patrolled the aisles every 15 minutes. Saturday matinees were filled with kids dropped off by their parents and we had to keep them in line. No running, feet off the seats, quiet down, etc. Anyone who didn’t behave would be kicked out. After the matinee there were popcorn boxes and spilled popcorn everywhere that had to be cleaned up by the janitor before the evening show. We often helped in picking up the popcorn boxes. I quit working when I got married and since my reception was right down the block at the old Oddfellows Hall (an old 2 story house made into a hall, now gone) I lead everyone in the Grand March down the street to the show and through the lobby to say hello to my boss Dave. Mr. Denial was no longer there as he went over to the new Southland Theater. Great memories. I went and got a brick from the demolition site.

sdoerr
sdoerr on July 4, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Hyde & Williams were the architects

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 11, 2007 at 8:30 am

Here are two articles concerning renovation of the Wyandotte:
http://tinyurl.com/yw8ayx
http://tinyurl.com/2tlaxm

alphonset
alphonset on November 12, 2006 at 3:41 pm

Three years ago I returned to Wyandotte after a thirty-four year absence. I was saddened to find that the Wyandotte Theater was closed. Since I was born and raised in Wyandotte, I have very fond memories of many Saturday afternoons and later Friday and Saturday evenings watching movies at the Wyandotte.

In 1968 I worked at the Wyandotte as a ticket taker. It was one of the few jobs that teenage boys were hired for. All the ushers and the ticket booth attendants were girls. I don’t recall who worked the concession stand.

awashko
awashko on September 15, 2006 at 11:43 am

To whom this may concern. My name is Adam, i am very interested into re opening the Wyandotte Theater, I feel that it would be a great addition to the downtown area, and bring more people to the city of Wyandotte. If anyone has any ideas how to do this or any way i can get involved in this please let me know.
-Adam

wildhare53
wildhare53 on June 18, 2005 at 3:27 pm

Tony Dee,

Your idea sounds very intersting. If you don’t mind elaborating, what type of television show(s) are you considering producing? Also, will they be aired on a local cable channel, or on a major network? I urge you to read my bio. Maybe I can help you endeavor in some way. Let me know. Thanks.

tonydee
tonydee on May 24, 2005 at 7:51 am

Thanks for the updated information…my interests run along the lines of what you are hoping for…I believe that the theatre would make a fantastic auditorium for the TV shows that I want to produce in this area…Keep it touch and maybe both of our hopes will come to be!!

wildhare53
wildhare53 on May 21, 2005 at 2:41 pm

The information provided on this site regarding the Wyandotte Main and Annex theatre(s) is inaccurate. The Wyandotte Main and Annex Theatre was a two screen movie house, the Main and the Annex, under one roof. Each screen was in a seperate auditorium. This was in an age when multiplex theatres were unheard of, so the Wyandotte Main and Annex was an anomaly, and was therefore very very special. Both theatres shared a common concession stand, which was divided by a velvet rope which was closely patrolled by the ushers. Also, both auditoriums shared a single rest room area, which was located on a second level. I cannot remember if the restrooms were cordoned off for each theatre as the concession stand was. I seem to recall that once you went up to the restrooms, you could re-enter into either one of the two auditoriums unchallenged. The Main was the larger of the two, and was decorated in a conservative Art Deco style. The Annex was decorated in an American Indian theme, with backlit busts of Chief Wyandotte adorning each of the light niche’s running the entire length of both sides of the auditorium. This was a beautiful complex. Both the Main and Annex ran a complete double every evening. Saturday matinees were popular, showing grade B science fiction movies, western’s etc., and on special occasions the theatre would allow crossover to both theatres for one price (that equates to four movies folks). This gem was owned by a local theatre entrepeneur by the name of Nicolas George. He also owned the Fort George Drive In theatre in Southgate, Michigan, and the Allen Park Theatre in Allen Park, Michigan. Because I was a friend with his son, I got into the theatres for free. That is, when his son was present. I loved this old movie house. I just wish someone would fund a remodelling of this piece of downriver Detroit history to bring it back to it’s original ornate appearence.

tonydee
tonydee on April 7, 2005 at 2:12 pm

I am very interested in this treasure…if anyone knows who owns it or if it can be shown…please contact me ‘'
thanks for any forthcoming assistance!!

TravisCape
TravisCape on February 8, 2005 at 11:17 pm

It’s sad to see those pictures as I used to go there and see movies from about 1985-1992. I remember the auditoriums appeared to be twin, except for one being red and the other blue. I also remember a projection booth being accessed through the mens room. They were running discount at $1.50 a ticket and the people in the area, my folks included, didn’t seem to care about going to the movies. Someone do something with it, thge lights were cool!