Drayton Theatre - Waterford MI

Address: 4396 Dixie Hwy
City: Waterford
State: MI
Zip: 48329
County: Oakland
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Theater Type: Small Town Movie Palace
Number of visits to this page: 4842
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General Information:

Source: Andy Gray

The Drayton Theatre in Drayton Plains, Michigan was a 1941 project by Johnson Construction Co. It's not clear whether this was a remodeling project or new construction, though the gabled roofline and brick chimney might indicate that an existing building was renovated into a movie theater at some point. The slide that Al shot seven years later in September 1948 shows an "art moderne" style incorporating tan brickwork and a cream and red color scheme typical of many of the Johnson projects.

There's little online information available about this theater, other than that it was located *"on Dixie Highway between Sashabaw and the short little street, Monroe." * Two 1948 movies are listed on the marquee: "Jinx Money" (a Bowery Boys film) and "Carson City Raiders" (a Western).

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Info Updates:
12/14/2010 - Rich Welsh
The Waterford Historical Society included a photo of The Drayton (taken in 1941) in their 2010 Hometown Drayton Plains Calendar.
8/12/2009 - Barbara Hofmeister
I was so hoping to find a picture of the Drayton Theater. It was right on Dixie Highway between Sashabaw and the short little street, Monroe. We had moved to Drayton Plains in October 1950 and it was right across from our house which is and has been Sayles Studio. I can't remember when it came down though. But it was still there in the early 1950's.
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Drayton Theatre - COURTESY AL JOHNSON
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Drayton Theatre - THE LOT AS OF JUNE 4 2022
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