Seeking Information About Ann Arbor Movie Theaters

posted by Patrick Crowley on August 30, 2005 at 8:13 am

Laura Wallace asks:

Hello! I hope you may be able to help me.

My fraternal grandmother, Cecilia Brahm, sang in an Ann Arbor movie theater approximately from 1910 – 1915. She was accompanied on the piano/organ by Ms. Allie Tice. I am looking for more specific information if there are any records from this time.

Being totally optimistic, I would like to obtain some memorabilia that may advertise their performances. Note of interest: Cecilia Brahm’s uncle was composer Johannes Brahms.

I hope someone can help with my search. Thank you so very much!!

Laura Wallace

Comments (1)

CSWalczak on August 30, 2005 at 12:38 pm

I did some checking on a number of websites and it would appear that there are four possibilities, but none that actually continuously showed movies from 1910-1915.

Arcade Theatre 1914-1928
Orpheum Theatre 1913-1957
Rae Theater 1915-1928
Whitney Theater 1871-1952

The sources indicate that although the existence of the Whitney spans the years you cite, it did not start showing films until 1914 and then not on an exclusive
basis until the 1930’s. Perhaps the Ann Arbor library, a local historical society, or an historian at the University of
Michigan could research these theaters
for you.

Christopher Walczak

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