Franklin Theatre

Address: 12719 Gratiot
City: Detroit
State: MI
County: Wayne
Open: 1925
Capacity: 360
Owner History:
Number of visits to this page: 5421
Notes: AKA: Guild, Guild Art
Info Updates:
3/14/2010 - Glenn Gardner
My mother worked at the Franklin in the 50''s, she worked a concession stand. I was curious is there was an old photo archive for this facility. I am looking for historical photos that she our other could be in.

Mother Lydia Ferworn
Sister Dorthy Ferworn
10/12/2007 - jean B
We lived on Loretto very near the Franklin. My mom told me she and her mother would walk to the Franklin in the evening; where they would show foreign films. During the early days, they would give out gifts such as glasses and dishware when you purchased a ticket.
6/3/2007 - Neil Hammack
Shortly after WW 11, my uncle Everett Hammack bought the little dairy bar attached on the north side to the theater. It was called ( Lorenes Sweet Shop ). My parents Everetts brother, would help and I went along to be ib the wayAs the theater did not have a popcorn machine, we did and this was my job. I don"t remember how long he was there, but his success caused my folks to open a dairy bar in Roseville, Mi. in March 1947. Dad left Dodge Mfg. and became a small business man. Of course he could not have succeded without Mom. They called their shop Jud & Helens Dairy Bar and where in business till the late 60s. Sad to see how vacant Gratiot Ave. is with all the buildings demo"d.
1/13/2004 - Cinema Treasures
Opened as the Franklin in 1926, this very small theater (seating about 350) became known as the Guild in 1962, when it started showing foreign features. Later, it was renamed the Guild Art, and began showing adult films. In 1992, the "Art" portion of the name was dropped. The Guild is currently closed.
Franklin Theatre - WINTER 2003
Franklin Theatre - WINTER 2003
Franklin Theatre - WINTER 2003
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