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Warren Theatre

Address: 16900 W Warren
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Wayne
Notes: Thanks to Dave Kirker for reminding me about this place...
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Open: 1945 Closed: 1959 Capacity:    
Owner: Unknown
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 7817

11/13/2015 - sam staley
I went to the warren theatre every Saturday in the 40s and when I became a teenager I meant my wife Elsie at this theatre this was my Maine hangout for meeting a lot of my friends I truly loved this place and hated to see it close.
4/20/2015 - Jim Myers
I was a ticket taker and usher in 1953-1954. I remember Big Al and his girlfriend who was the cashier. I was only 15, and went to Cody High School. Lots of memories.

1/29/2014 - Ken
Warren theater burned down during the 60s. Saw psycho there?.
12/5/2013 - Tim
I remember the Warren theater, the big snow storm and the manager of the show. I went to Cody with you. Hope life is good for you, you are a great gal Have you been back to Warrendale lately,it isn't the same.
5/17/2013 - Carol
I worked at the Warren Theatre in 1964 and 1965. I lived down the street on Memorial and could see the Marquie lights from my house. I sold candy, and then tickets. I remember when we had a huge snow in 64 the Manager slept there in the lounge. People where stuck home due to bad roads and when I went to work in the evening it was the longest line I had ever had.

Longer than for the 25 cent Saturday Matinees. Fun times, many memories. Wish someone had a picture.

5/6/2013 - Dennis
I grew up only one block from the Warren theater. The reason it closed was due to a fire at the bowling alley next door, caving in the roof on both buildings.
3/3/2013 - christine alman
the building that is Cafe GIGI is the original front part of Parkland Bowling alley. they only knocked down the back part of it. I lived on Clayburn all my life till I was 22. (1972).

5/14/2012 - Bob Z
I went to this theater in the early 50's when I was a kid. At that time it cost $. 20 to get in and see 2 movies, several shorts and cartoons on Saturday. On Wednesdays during the summer it was $. 25 but I was in there from about noon until about 5 P.

M. I bought my penny candy and a Holloway at Dick Shott's, a corner store just down the block. Next door was a bowling alley which I think was called Parkland Bowl which later became GiGi's.

3/24/2012 - Ed K.
Me and my sister would go to the Warren theater every Sunday afternoon. Air-conditioning in those days was a luxury we didn't have. It was a place to cool down and watch two movies and a cartoon for a very low price. A large popcorn cost us a quarter, not $8. 00 like today.

There was a soda vending machine in the lobby where you could get a cup of Dr. Pepper for a dime. I remember the times when the line to get in snaked around the building back to the parking lot behind GiGi's Cafe. Oh what memories!.

2/12/2012 - Ed K.
It closed in 1968 or 1969. The building was gone in 1970 because I used to walk past it while going to Ruddiman Junior High nearby. If anyone has any old photos of the Warren please post them here.
2/10/2012 - Mike H
I'm so glad so many remember the Warren Theater. How you remember is another thing. Just today I was talking about what year it closed. My guess was in the early 70's. The space between the two buildings was the entrance.

Once inside you turn right to the seats. The person who mentioned the blue walls was correct. There was a time you could still see the blue wall. I think someone painted them leaving us with just the memories.

12/2/2011 - Tim
For a after movie dinner you could go to Victorias Grill,2 blocks east between Abington and Grandmont. It was open 24hrs.
6/15/2011 - Ed K.
Cafe GiGi is currently a gay and lesbian nightclub. There is a urgent care center and State Farm office nearby. Where the theater once stood is a parking lot.
6/5/2011 - Tim
Warren theater closed in mid 60's. It was torn down and cafe Gigi was running as a bar when I came home from service in 68.
6/4/2011 - Barb
Warren Theater closed in the 70's not 1959. I am positive on that.
5/7/2011 - Tim
Rachael's father was born an raised about a mile from Tyre. We used to stop at the bar in Tyre. He made a point of going to the Tyre cemetary and finding the grave and saying a prayer. They were both good men.

5/4/2011 - Donna
Hello Rachael and Tim. Most of my family was from the Thumb area, so yes that is him. I have lots of family buried there. Still wondering how you knew that! Anyways, John Martin was born in Scotland. Rachael, so glad to hear from you.

I will email you directly. Donna.
4/24/2011 - Tim
I know your granfather is buried in Tyre cemetary in the thumb. Are you also from the thumb?.
4/21/2011 - Rachael (Peruski) Frizzell
My e-mail number is jerac63@comcast. net. I loved your grandfather, too. He was the best, kindest person to work for. It was one of those jobs where I should have been paying them to work there.

It was so much fun. Remember big Al and his wife Marlene? Most Saturdays Marlene would bring your grandfather those hot home made meat pies. The whole office would smell like a restaurant. Your grandpa loved them.

4/20/2011 - Rachael (Peruski) Frizzell
I worked at the warren show from 1954 to 1958 starting out as a candy girl with my friends Cynthia Zyla, Joanne Stanek and Carrie Zammit. Bruce Archer was an usher along with Ronnie Dworzynski. For more information, e-mail me.
3/22/2011 - Donna
Hello Rachael and all. Thank you for your stories about my grandfather, John Martin, manager of the Warren Theater in the 1950s. He also managed the Oakman Theater prior to managing the Warren Theater. He really enjoyed working with the young people. He was very watchful and protective of his children, employees and patrons.

Here is an undated newspaper article that my grandfather clipped out of the paper sometime during the 1950s. INVESTIGATED FOR MOLESTING James Wells, 52, of 7603 Rockwell was being held this week by Schaefer Police for investigation of a charge of taking indecent liberties with minor girls after he was arrested in a W. Warren Theater charged with molesting two girls, six and eleven years of age. The mother of the eleven year old had been sitting with her girl when, she said, Wells molested the child.

Her mother told the girl to move. When this happened, John Martin, manager of the theater, came down the aisle and asked the woman whether they were being bothered. Martin then took Wells into his office to await police, according to detectives. John Martin died in 1962.

I, too, would enjoy any pictures of the Warren theater anyone may have. I do have some of the employees' senior pictures though. Rachael, please contact me at kinshipmatters at twmi. rr.

com. Yours is one of the ones that I have. 8^) Thanks, Donna.

1/6/2011 - Ed K.
Rachael, If you have any pics of the Warren please post them here or have someone do it for you. I'm pretty sure it closed in 1968 or 1969. I remember the demo work but the year escapes me. What memories.

1/4/2011 - Sam
The Warren did not close in 1959 because I saw movies there in the '60s.
1/4/2011 - Rachael Frizzell
I was Rachael Peruski. I started working at the Warren in 1957 when I turned 16. I started out as a candy girl with my friends JoAnn Stanek and Cynthia Zyla. After a year or so, I worked my way up to ticket seller. Before I turned 16, I would go to the show almost every week just to remind Mr.

Martin that I sooooo wanted to work at the show. He finally gave in to my nagging and promised me that when I was 16, I could start. He was good for his word. What a wonderful, kind boss he was.

I came from a family of 9 children. When I worked at the Warren, there were about 7 of us kids at home with mom and dad on Mansfield. Mr. Martin let all of them in for free.

Dad worked as a yard hand at Mohawk Lumber Co. , and all of us kids worked. If it wasn't for Mr. Martin, mom and dad wouldn't have been able to afford to let us go to the show.

Does anybody remember Big Al the bouncer and his girlfriend Marlene? Every Saturday, Marlene would bring Mr. Martin pasties. The whole office smelled so good. We also got all the popcorn we could eat.

That job was so great, I would have paid them to work there. All the popular guys that never gave you the time of day in school suddenly noticed you. I also remember the Hoover and the Stanley. I think the Stanly cost either 9 cents or 11 cents and was kind of nasty.

But the Warren, on the other hand, cost 25 cents. As far as we kids were concerned, it was high class. All us girls had a crush on Bruce Archer, one of the ushers. Ronnie Dworzynski also worked with us and was part of our crowd.

I have some pictures of JoAnn, Cynthia, Carrie Zammit, Bruce and me somewhere, but I'm not computer literage and don't know how to post them. I went to St. Christopher's school, then to St. Andrews in the 9th grade, then on to Cody.

I walked to and from school through the Herman Gardens. We were never afraid. Us girls would come across an occational flasher, but we'd just laugh - we figured that made our day. Now adays, people make such a big deal out of stuff that we considered harmless.

Times then were so good. Love to you all who remembered. Rachael.

12/29/2010 - Unknown
Yes, I remember driving down from Up North and going to stay with my mother's aunt and uncle who lived several blocks from theater. Don't remember the street but it was the side street that the theater was on.
12/22/2010 - Tim
The gigi club on warren is the bar of the old bowling alley. One of the managers names was Mr Martin and the blond ticket taker was Racheal. They doubled the ticket price forThe Ten Commandments from 25 to 50 cents.
12/21/2010 - Dane
The Warren Theater was ope at least through the mid '60s. I remember watching A Hard Day's Night' there. and that awful wallpaper there.
11/12/2010 - Ed K.
Where the theater used to be is now a parking lot. GiGi's was in the building next to it.
11/9/2010 - Sam
I believe what is now Cafe Gigi used to be the Warren Theatre.
9/9/2010 - Ed K.
The Warren was part of the Wisper and Wetsman chain. It had 1500 seats and closed in 1969. I found this information on the internet.
4/8/2010 - marc
Tony''s party store was directly across the street from the theater. My friends and I would sometimes stand outside the store, and ask a passing adult to buy beer for us. I think back then a 6 pack of beer was under $2. 00. Dick Shots, on the north west corner of Warren and Memorial, on the same block at the theater, didnt sell beer, it was mostly a milk, bread, pop and candy store.

There was also a drug store called Hi Lo''s about a block east of the Warren theater.
4/8/2010 - Ed
The party store, Dick Shots, was actually across the street from the theater. What year did the theater close?.
4/6/2010 - marc
I have numerous memories of the Warren Theater. There was a bowling alley just west of the theater. The roof of the bowling alley caved in and it was demolished. A go-go bar, Cafe Gigi was built in its place. There was a party store east of the theater called Dick Shots.

Friends and myself went to the theater almost every Saturday for a quarter. In 1966 I bacame an usher at the theater. We had our own ushers lounge upstairs and on occasion brought friends up there and gave them tours of the cat walks above the theaters ceilings and behing the screen. It was amazing to see the audience from behind the screen knowing they couldn''t see us.

The ushers obtained minor celebrity status with the neighborhood girls and we were recognized by them at Ruddiman Jr. High school and Cody High. I remember a beach movie opening at the theater and the movie producers bringing in bikini clad girls from the movie to the lobby to sign autographs. The theater closed shortly after I moved on to another job.

I would be great if someone had pictures to share of the theater.
3/23/2010 - Ed K.
The theater may be long gone but my memories of it live on. I remember me and my sister going there on a Sunday afternoon and the line to get in snaked around the building. People dressed in their Sunday clothes, not blue jeans or t-shirts! You could watch two movies and a cartoon for the cost of one ticket. You can''t get a deal like that today! I would like it if anyone had a picture or old newspaper ads to post it here. I''m sure a lot of people would appreciate it.

12/28/2009 - Edvard
Does anyone out there have any old photos of the Warren? I have done numerous searches on the web and can''t find anything on this fine theater.
10/9/2009 - marva ogle
Boy, do I remember the Warren Theater. I used to go there in the 40''s. My first part time job was as cashier at the Warren Theater in 1952. Tickets were 60cents for adults and children were 12 cents week nights and Saturdays. On Sunday it was $1 for adults and 20 cents for kids.

I remember the ticket taker just as you entered the door and the candy counter was on the right. You walked straight back and that was the back of the theater, you then walked down plush red carpet to your seat, which was also. To the west of the Theater was a bowling alley at that time and to the east I know there was a dentist office which I also had to visit. There was a small market on the corner and other businesses in between (can''t remember what they were).

Across the street was an ice cream parlor which had the small stools to sit on that you could go round and round on. We lived on Ashton at the time, from K thru 6th grade I attended Ruddiman School before the addition was put on. I lived there until I got married at 18. Memories, Memories, and more Memories.

2/22/2009 - Ed Kwasny
The theater used to be next to Cafe GiGi, which is now a gay and lesbian club. Water damage to the theater over the years forced the city to raze the building in 1968. What a place it was in it''s heyday. You will never find anything like that today.

9/11/2008 - Don McCall
The theater was situated behind a bakery, meat market and a dentist''s office, which are long gone but the building is still there. I remember the theater having aqua-colored tiles with a cross-shaped design on it. The sign itself was nothing fancy just plain. The parking lot was behind the small white building which used to be a restaurant and later a barber shop for many years. There is a apartment building there now.

Some good memories.

3/29/2008 - Edward Kay
Anyone have any pictures of the Warren Theater or where to look? Many former patrons would appreciate it. Thanks.
3/10/2008 - Jim Myers
I worked as an usher at this theater when I was 15-16, in 1952-1953. I am sad that it has been torn down. I can still remember the manager and the female ticket-taker, but their names escape me. The theater was a classy one in it''s time, and they converted to a Cinema Scope screen when I was there.

11/5/2007 - John K.
Great memories and good times. They don''t build theaters like that anymore. Anyone have any photos of the Warren Theater?.
7/12/2007 - Mark
The Warren theater was next to the building called Gigi''s, which was there during the 60''s. The actual Warren theater building was torn down years ago, much like the Herman Garden projects that backed up to the back of the Warren theater. We use to go to the Warren theater on Saturdays in the early 60s. A fancy theater it was. Great times and only good memories now.

It''s a shame we can''t go back in time to enjoy and appreciate those things we so often took for granted. If anyone has photos of the Warren theater both outside and inside please post them here. Many would appreciate it. Thanks.

12/18/2006 - Eddie K.
I remember going to the Warren when I was a young kid. It cost me 40 cents to get in. Me and my sister spent many Sunday afternoons there watching the double matinees and snacking on the potatoe chips we sneeked in. There was a topless bar next to it, or so I was told. The theater was razed in 1968 and all I have left are old memories of the fun times we had there.

Anyone have some old pictures of the theater?.
10/19/2006 - Jeff P
I believe Jerry‘s right about closing in ’67. Couldn’t have been any sooner. I remember seeing “The Wild Angels” there. That was in 1966. And oh what a night that was.

Two rival motorcycle gangs brawling all over the seats. Fighting over a remark made to someone’s girlfriend, so I heard. For some reason I don’t remember the end of that movie. On a lighter note the Warren also had a cup style soft drink machine that would mix any two flavors you chose…Cherry Coke way before it’s time.

10/18/2006 - Frank Burns
I use to go to the warren show on weekend in the late forties and early fiftys. it was a first class theater, red carpet plush seats. it was a quarter to get in while the stanly and hoover were only tweleve cents. there was a candy store on the conor of memorial and warren. lots of memories.

on the west side of the theather was a bowling alley. there was also a small white resturant on the corner of clayborn. between clayborn and southfield few houses mostly fields. would play in them on the way to and from the theather.

on sunday everybody would wear suits.
8/30/2006 - JerryD
The Warren Theatre closed in 66 or 67, I believe it was Wisper&Wetsman house. Don Turpin was one of the last managers to work there.
6/24/2006 - Shannon
My dad went to this theater a lot in the 1950s, possibly into the early 1960s. Hes told me about it many times, but I could never find any information about it I would love to see a photo and hope someone has one and will post it here.
3/13/2006 - Linda
Regarding the Warren Show, my sisters and I went there almost every Saturday in the 60s. The original building is long gone, and the gay bar mentioned was actually a bowling alley at the same time the show was there. I remember the candy store on the corner called Dick Shots where we could buy a whole bag of candy for a quarter. Great times.

2/7/2006 - Al
The theatre was NEXT to Gigis in the still vacant lot.
1/25/2006 - Sue
The theatre didnt close in 1959. It closed sometimes in the late 1960s. I can remember my brother going with his friends there when they were in 8th grade. That would put it open till at least 1967 or 1968.

12/11/2005 - Jeff
The Warren Theatre is on Warren Avenue, a few blocks E of Southfield on the N side. It still stands and is a gay / transvestite bar called Gigis.
11/15/2005 - Dave Kirker
Does anyone ever remember the Warren Theatre in Detroit? I went there as a kid in the forties. It was located on Warren Ave. near Joy Road. I used to walk through a project called Herman Gardens to get there. My older sister worked as an usher there.

The only Warren theatre mentioned on this, or any other website is in Warren Mi. Im positive of the name, and cant believe no one else has heard of it. DK.

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