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Imperial Theatre

Address: 7030 Michigan Ave
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Wayne
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Open: 1920 Closed: 1953 Capacity:    
Owner: Unknown
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 807

2/8/2005 - Steve Bielawski
The Imperial Theatre was owned by Michael Czargot. It was just a few blocks away from the Chopin, and the two theatres were quite competitive. However, the novelty of the movies was still rather strong, so both houses did well. When Stanley Oleszkowicz opened the Stanley in 1930, he rented the Chopin to Mr. Czargot.

The Imperial continued to show Hollywood films, but the Chopin was hope to films from Poland. Given the nature of that neighbourhood, Polish films probably did well. Of course, after the Nazis invaded Poland in September of 1939, it became hard to find Polish films. I believe that thats when the Chopin went dark.

But the Imperial struggled on. Michael Czargot also owned the Esquire Theatre, on the border of Detroit and Hamtramck. Eventually, the Imperial and the Esquire were closed, and he operated the dry-cleaning establishment in the Esquire Theatre building.

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