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Colonial Theatre on Woodward Ave - Detroit MI

Address: 2615 Woodward Ave
City: Detroit
State: MI
Zip: 48201
County: Wayne
Open: 1917
Capacity: 1566
Owner History: Cohen Bros.
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 5300
General Information:

Source: Cinema Treasures

The Colonial, which was, like so many other Detroit theaters, a work of C. Howard Crane, was opened in 1917, and originally could seat 1566 in its auditorium. The Colonial had both vaudeville acts and motion pictures on its program in its early days, but soon switched to movies-only. It was first owned, like the huge Hollywood Theatre, by the Cohen Brothers, and its original plans called for a nearly-3000 seat palace, with over 200 box seats. The Colonial was operated by Midwest Theaters from the 50s on, and operated into the mid-70s. Not long after it closed its doors, it was razed.

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Info Updates:
11/18/2013 - Brian Blumfield
When my father applied for his social security card in 1937, the place of his employment listed on his application was the Colonial Theater. He was 15 years old at the time. Probably his first job.
10/2/2009 - Bob Simmons
My friends and I used to go to the movies at the Colonial in the mid 60's, during the summers when I was in my late teens. The theater was a bit seedy and in decline at the time. The theater was open 24 hours a day every day of the week and would show triple features continuously. Being near to the skid row area around the Masonic Temple, the Colonial had many patrons who came mainly for the chance to get some sleep. The admission was 60 cents (to the best of my memory). I used to go on Wednesday late in the afternoon, watch the triple feature. Then, at midnight, the theater would switch to the next week's triple feature, so I would see another three movies and leave early Thursday morning. Around 2 am the janitor would wake everyone up on one side of the theater and ask them to move to the other side so he could sweep up, About a half hour later everyone would be moved to the other side for the same reason. The restrooms were upstairs and there always was a crowd of people hanging out up on the second floor. I was always a bit nervous going up there to use the bathroom.
1/10/2004 - Box Office Magazine
August 1958 Issue - Mike Colton, longtime operator at the Colonial, has entered Mount Sinai Hospital for observation, with Pearce Bradley of the Gayety pinch-hitting for him.
12/18/2003 - Box Office Magazine
July 1959 - Fred Newman, formerly operator of the Dawn, is swing shift man between the Colonial and the Booker T.
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Colonial Theatre on Woodward Ave - NOW AN EMPTY LOT
NOW AN EMPTY LOT
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