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Carlton Theatre

Address: 13125-35 Fenkell
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Wayne
Notes: AKA: Surf, Variety
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Open: 1932 Closed: 1975 Capacity: 1000    
Owner: Unknown
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 2565

4/4/2011 - David R Cox
My Dad, Eugene J. Cox who grew up on Littlefield and Eaton worked here in 1947 as an usher.
11/14/2007 - jack lorber
this was my neighborhood theater. Our house was on Ward Ave on the other side of Fenkell from the theater(2 houses N of Fenkell by the Wrigley''s Supermarket. Remember Sat matinees w/cartoon festival(10 cartoons + feature). My parents moved to Southfield 1971. I live in the suburban Dallas area since 1976.

11/29/2006 - Noize Boy
Dino, I used to walk by the Variety on the way to catholic school. They would have nude pictures of some of the ladies in the films, but with color or glitter stars over ther privates.
1/15/2004 - Cinema Treasures
Opened as the Carlton in 1932, this Art Deco-style theater could seat around 1000. It was renamed the Surf in 1955, and a decade later reopened as the Variety. By the end of the 60s, the theater began showing adult features. It was closed in 1975, and has since been demolished. Cinema Treasures Link.

11/29/2003 - Dino Kanelos
When I was 14 years old, my friend and I used to sneak into this theater by sliding down the coal chute. This entry point placed us right behind the movie screen where we had to tip toe into the seating area.
Carlton Theatre - OLD PHOTO

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