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Iris Theatre

Address: 2314 E Grand Blvd
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Wayne
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Open: 1916   Capacity: 881  
Owner: Unknown
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 3406

2/19/2019 - steven seiler
In my book The Rise of Faygo 1907-1987 you will find the founding Brothers of the Faygo company owned the Iris Theatre at one time The Feigenson family also owned the Oliver Theatre.
7/30/2012 - marie phillips
I lived at 2364 E. Grand Blvd from 1953 until 1970. I went to the Iris Theatre for many years. In fact I worked as a cashier for a short time in 1959. There was a drug store next to the theater.

In 1962 or 1963 the theater was torn down and a gas station, Leo's gas station was built on the site. I have a picture of my husband when he was a boy of 16 standing in front of the theatre. I have many fond memories of going to the Iris Theater.

5/9/2006 - MM Lawson
I went to that theatre as a young girl. Our family lived on East Grand Blvd. I believe it was still showing movies after 1956. It was on the corner of East Grand Blvd. and Chene or Jos.

Campau. That area was torn down for a GM plant about 20 years ago.
1/13/2004 - Cinema Treasures
Initially to have been designed by C. Howard Crane, who submitted an earlier design, the Iris ended up being done by the firm of Mildner & Eisen, in 1916, instead. The theater sat around 880, and was initially a first run film house. It would later switch to second-run and double features before closing in 1954 due to declining attendance. From 1961 to 1962, the Detroit Theater Organ Club (DTOC) presented organ concerts at the Iris on the former Fisher Theatre organ while they were having the Senate rehabbed as their permanent home.

After the DTOC left, the Iris stood vacant for a few more years before being torn down. Cinema Treasures Link.
12/18/2003 - Box Office Magazine
May 1960 - George Hemp of Royal Oak has reopened the Iris.
6/7/2003 - Andrew
This theatre appears to have been open later than the 1954 closure date listed here. I have a portion of a Detroit News Movie Guide from early June 1954 that shows it being open for business with a double feature of RUN SILENT RUN DEEP and MAN FROM GODS COUNTRY. The address is given as Grand Blvd at Jos. Campau. I cant find Jos.

Campau on the mapquest feature--could this be a same-named house in a new location?.
Iris Theatre - OLD SHOT

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