Baldwin Theatre - Royal Oak MI

Address: 415 S Lafayette Ave
City: Royal Oak
State: MI
Zip: 48067
County: Oakland
Open: 1922
Capacity: 1128
Owner History:
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 7019
General Information:

This is the same theater as the Washington: here

Source: Cinema Treasures

Opened in 1922 as the Washington, this theater could seat over 1000 and contained an organ. It was designed by Frederick D. Madison. The Washington remained a second-run theater into the early 80s, until it was acquired by a local theater group called Stagecrafters and renamed the Baldwin. Seating was reduced to 391 and the old movie house renovated as a venue for live theater, as it has remained since. The Baldwin contains a main stage, a smaller second stage, and in addition to plays and musicals, presents children's theater and also hosts occaisional organ concerts and other special events.

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Info Updates:
2/23/2010 - John Lauter
Cinema Treasures has a few facts wrong, the theatre was built and opened as the Baldwin, ergo the B&W picture here on WWW. It was renamed the Washington in 1936, after the street on which the entrance was located. The theatre was renamed the Baldwin when Stagecrafters took it over in 1985. They saved it from the wrecking ball, there were forces in Royal Oak that wanted it gone, and they came in and saved the building, and have done a fine job of operating it with their shows.

From Gary: Thanks John as always!
3/29/2004 - Paul Gellott
I worked as an usher at the Washington Theatre in the early seventies and have been in exhibition every since, with General Cinema and AMC Theatres. Do you have any interest in a photo of the Washington taken just before it was razed and converted into the Baldwin? It is an exterior shot taken in 1984 showing the early stages of the demolition that preceded the renovation.
 Photos:5
Baldwin Theatre - Photo from early 2000's
Photo from early 2000's
Baldwin Theatre - OLD SHOT OF MARQUEE
OLD SHOT OF MARQUEE
Baldwin Theatre - INSIDE THEATRE
INSIDE THEATRE
Baldwin Theatre - ENTRANCE
ENTRANCE
Baldwin Theatre - 1976 SHOT FROM JOHN MARGOLIES
1976 SHOT FROM JOHN MARGOLIES
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