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Trans-Lux Theatre


Address: 6540 Woodward Ave
City: Detroit State: MI Zip: Unknown Phone:  
County: Wayne
Notes: AKA: Center Theater
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Open: 1932 Closed: 1949 Capacity: 700  
Owner: Unknown
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 1464
 
 

1/10/2004 - Cinema Treasures
Opened in 1932 as the Trans-Lux, this branch of the popular newsreel circuit seated a little over 340. It was designed by Thomas W. Lamb -- his only work in the city of Detroit. The Trans-Lux had a feature which was advertised as daylight projection (actually rear projection), so that theater-goers were able to move around the smallish auditorium without it being overly darkened. In 1934, the daylight projection system was taken out in favor of a standard projection booth.

Seating was also increased to 700 and it was renamed the Center. Growing interest in television spelled the end of the Center, and it was shuttered in 1949. The former theater was later converted for retail use, and today houses a thrift shop. Cinema Treasures Link.

Trans-Lux Theatre - OLD PIC AS THE CENTER FROM JOHN LAUTER
OLD PIC AS THE CENTER FROM JOHN LAUTER
Trans-Lux Theatre - WAS HERE SOMEWHERE
WAS HERE SOMEWHERE

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