Columbia Theatre on Monroe - Detroit MI

Address: 50 Monroe St
City: Detroit
State: MI
Zip: 48226
County: Wayne
Open: 1911
Capacity: 1006
Owner History: Kunsky
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 4342

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Source: Cinema Treasures

Opened by John Kunsky in 1911 as his first true movie house in Detroit, after several earlier nickelodeons, including the nearby Bijou (opened as the Cent Odeon), the C. Howard Crane designed Columbia could seat over 1000, and was located on Monroe Street, which was the city's first entertainment district prior to being displaced by Grand Circus Park in the late Teens and early Twenties. The Columbia contained a pipe organ and has its own house orchestra in its early decades of operation. It was closed in 1956 and has long since been demolished.

Info Updates:
5/28/2011 - Jeff Chapman
Next door (left) of the Columbia can be seen the Bijou Theatre.
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