Shubert Lafayette Theatre - Detroit MI

Address: 153 W. Lafayette Blvd
City: Detroit
State: MI
Zip: 48226
County: Wayne
Open: 1911
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Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 4730
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AKA Orpheum from 1911-1915

From Cinema Treasures

The Orpheum Theatre was opened September 7, 1914. Seating was provided for 2,500 in orchestra, balcony and upper circle levels. By 1926 it was operating as a movie theatre, with the seating capacity reduced to 1,489 (possibly the upper circle was closed off?) By 1934 it was known as the Lafayette Theatre, still screening movies and the seating capacity was back to its original 2,500. It was listed as (Closed) as a movie theatre in editions of Film Daily Yearbook 1941-1943. It re-opened as the Shubert Theatre, presenting live theatre. The building was demolished in June 1964

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1/4/2004 - Karen P Hunt
This theatre presented live shows, notably Errol Flynn's dramatic bomb, "The Master of Thornefield." It was supposed to be the pre-Broadway tryout, but Flynn was so bad in this, because of his alcoholism, that the run was cancelled after a few performances. This happened in the late 1950's.
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