Lancaster Theatre

10533 W. Jefferson Avenue,
River Rouge, MI 48218

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Lancaster Theatre in River Rouge MI

Built in 1925 to replace an earlier Lancaster Theatre, the Lancaster Theatre was remodeled after a tornado hit in 1946. Closed in the 1960’s.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

This item from The Film Daily of January 6, 1926, notes the recent opening of the Lancaster Theatre, the second house of that name on the site:

“Detroit — The new Lancaster, 10530 West Jefferson Ave., River Rouge, opened. It is on the site of the old Lancaster. Ted Williams will manage the house, which seats 1,650 and cost $275,000.”
Unless River Rouge flipped odd and even addresses from one side of its streets to the other at some point, the magazine got the theater’s address wrong. In 1930, a Milton’s Shoe Store was advertising its location as “10530 West Jefferson Avenue, opposite Lancaster Theatre.”

dallasmovietheaters on July 5, 2020 at 9:04 am

Operator Donald R. Lancaster, Sr., ran this location for more than 30 years and was likely named after one of Detroit’s early female movie pioneers, Emma Lancaster.

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