Broadway Theatre - Detroit MI

Address: 1337-7 Broadway
City: Detroit
State: MI
Zip: 48226
County: Wayne
Open: 1913
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Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 6884
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Joe Vogel

The Broadway-Strand Theatre was designed by architect Arland W. Johnson. It opened January 26, 1913, with 1,488 seats, according to Andrew Craig Morrison’s book Theatres. A drawing of the house as the Broadway, by artist Anthony F. Dumas, was dated 1931, but I’ve been unable to find a copy of it on the Internet. I don’t know if the theater was still in operation at the time the drawing was made.

I found this house listed as the Broadway-Strand Theatre in a book published in 1922, and an ad for the Broadway Strand appeared in the January 30, 1924 issue of the Pinckney Dispatch, a suburban Detroit newspaper. The Cass City Chronicle, another suburban paper, mention the Broadway-Strand in its issue of July 10, 1925. The Lowville, New York, Journal-Republican of September 29, 1927, ran an item welcoming a new manager to the local Bijou Theatre. L.E. Slawson’s previous post had been as manager of the Broadway-Strand in Detroit. The Bijou was a Schine house, so perhaps the Broadway-Strand was being operated by Schine at this time, too.

I did find a 1922 reference saying that the Broadway-Strand Theatre had been built by Max Bartholomaei, Son & Company, building contractors. It had a very nice Beaux Arts-Renaissance Revival facade.

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Broadway Theatre - OLD PHOTO FROM WAYNE STATE LIBRARY
OLD PHOTO FROM WAYNE STATE LIBRARY
Broadway Theatre - OLD PIC OF BROADWAY STRAND FROM JOHN LAUTER
OLD PIC OF BROADWAY STRAND FROM JOHN LAUTER
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