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Franklin Theatre

Address: 12719 Gratiot
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Wayne
Notes: AKA: Guild, Guild Art
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Open: 1925 Closed: Capacity: 360    
Owner: Unknown
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 4359

3/14/2010 - Glenn Gardner
My mother worked at the Franklin in the 50''s, she worked a concession stand. I was curious is there was an old photo archive for this facility. I am looking for historical photos that she our other could be in. Mother Lydia FerwornSister Dorthy Ferworn.
10/12/2007 - jean B
We lived on Loretto very near the Franklin. My mom told me she and her mother would walk to the Franklin in the evening; where they would show foreign films. During the early days, they would give out gifts such as glasses and dishware when you purchased a ticket.
6/3/2007 - Neil Hammack
Shortly after WW 11, my uncle Everett Hammack bought the little dairy bar attached on the north side to the theater. It was called ( Lorenes Sweet Shop ). My parents Everetts brother, would help and I went along to be ib the wayAs the theater did not have a popcorn machine, we did and this was my job. I dont remember how long he was there, but his success caused my folks to open a dairy bar in Roseville, Mi. in March 1947.

Dad left Dodge Mfg. and became a small business man. Of course he could not have succeded without Mom. They called their shop Jud & Helens Dairy Bar and where in business till the late 60s.

Sad to see how vacant Gratiot Ave. is with all the buildings demod.
1/13/2004 - Cinema Treasures
Opened as the Franklin in 1926, this very small theater (seating about 350) became known as the Guild in 1962, when it started showing foreign features. Later, it was renamed the Guild Art, and began showing adult films. In 1992, the Art portion of the name was dropped. The Guild is currently closed. Cinema Treasures Link.

Franklin Theatre - WINTER 2003
Franklin Theatre - WINTER 2003
Franklin Theatre - WINTER 2003

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