Goldcoast Theater

8208-12 12th Street,
Detroit, MI 48206

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Architects: Maurice H. Finkel

Previous Names: Littman-Peoples Theater, Littman's Theater, Abington Theater

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Another moderately-sized neighborhood movie house, the Littman-Peoples Theater opened in 1927.

It was designed by Maurice H. Finkel, better known for his Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, which opened a year later.

From 1938 until closing in 1941, it was called simply Littman’s Theater, then remained disused until 1945 when it was reopened as the Abington Theater, but closed again in 1953.

Once more, it reopened in 1956, with yet another name change, the Goldcoast Theater, which would also last the shortest, since it closed for good two years later.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

rivest266 on November 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm

October 26th, 1944 grand opening ad in photo section.

nsortzi on June 29, 2023 at 12:21 am

This theater has been demolished for decades. The townhomes currently on the site look to be 40-50 years old. Anyone know when it was demolished?

charleyit on June 29, 2023 at 1:18 am

I believe it was demolished in the mid to late sixties. I used to go to Saturday matinees there. Could see three movies for dime back then. It may have been a casualty of the 67 riot. I am not sure, but I know it was gone before 1970.

charleyit on June 29, 2023 at 1:20 am

When I went there, it was during the time it was called the Goldcoast.

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