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Annex Theatre


Address: 8990 Grand River Ave
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Wayne
Notes: AKA: Riviera Annex
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Open: 1927 Closed: 1949 Capacity: 1824  
Owner: Unknown
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 11983
 
 

1/10/2004 - Cinema Treasures
The Annex, or Riviera Annex, as it was called when it first opened in 1927, was designed by John Eberson to accomodate overflow crowds at his Grand Riviera (later called just the Riviera) up Grand River Avenue. It could seat 1824, and was designed in an atmospheric style, matching the original Riviera's. It also contained an organ and a small stage, which most likely was never used. In an unusual layout, this one-floor theater contained something called a mezzanine lounge. Some believe that the original design for the Annex called for a full balcony, but it was never added.

In another quirky move, Eberson had the projection booth placed under the main stairway leading up to the mezzanine level. The Annex closed its doors in 1949 due to declining attendance, and was demolished around 1960. The site is today occupied by a school of cosmetology. Cinema Treasures Link.

Annex Theatre - OLD SHOT FROM WAYNE STATE LIBRARY
OLD SHOT FROM WAYNE STATE LIBRARY
Annex Theatre - ANNEX AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
ANNEX AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - ANNEX FLOOR PLAN FROM JOHN LAUTER
ANNEX FLOOR PLAN FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - ANNEX LADIES PARLOR FROM JOHN LAUTER
ANNEX LADIES PARLOR FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - ANNEX THEATRE ENTRANCE FROM JOHN LAUTER
ANNEX THEATRE ENTRANCE FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - ANNEX AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
ANNEX AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - EXTERIOR FROM JOHN LAUTER
EXTERIOR FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - LOBBY FROM JOHN LAUTER
LOBBY FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - ANNEX AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
ANNEX AUDITORIUM FROM JOHN LAUTER
Annex Theatre - NOW A BEAUTY COLLEGE
NOW A BEAUTY COLLEGE
Annex Theatre - USHERS PIN FROM JOHN LAUTER
USHERS PIN FROM JOHN LAUTER

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