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Family Theatre


Address: 2 Monroe Avenue
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Unknown Phone:  
County: Wayne
Notes: AKA: Follies
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Open: 1909 Closed: 1973 Capacity: 934    
Owner: Unknown
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 3806
 
 

11/24/2009 - K
The R. L. Polk Detroit City Directory, 1922 lists the address of the Family Theater as 2 Monroe Avenue.
1/15/2004 - Cinema Treasures
Built within the former Kirkwood Hotel on Cadillac Square, the Family opened in 1909. It began to screen films five years later, starting with the comedy Tillie's Punctured Romance. The Family, designed by Fuller Claflin, could seat 935. After decades as a popular first-run house, like so many other theaters, the Family switched over to pornographic features in the 60s, and created quite a stir, not so much for its films, but because it didn't change it's wholesome-sounding name. However, it did soon change its name, to the Follies.

In 1973, during a screening of Deep Throat, the Follies caught on fire. However, as they fled the burning theater, some customers actually stopped at the box office to ask for their money back! The shell of the theater was demolished a couple months later. Cinema Treasures Link.
Family Theatre - FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
Family Theatre - AS THE FOLLIES FROM WAYNE STATE LIBRARY
AS THE FOLLIES FROM WAYNE STATE LIBRARY
Family Theatre - THE FAMILY AT THE AWESOME CADILLAC SQUARE
THE FAMILY AT THE AWESOME CADILLAC SQUARE
Family Theatre - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
Family Theatre - A LATER INCARNATION
A LATER INCARNATION
Family Theatre - OLD AD
OLD AD

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