Esquire Theatre - Grosse Pointe MI

Address: 15327 E Jefferson Ave
City: Grosse Pointe
State: MI
Zip: 48230
County: Wayne
Open: 1938
Capacity: 992
Owner History: Wisper-Wetsman
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 8606
General Information:

Source: Cinema Treasures

The Esquire, a large Art Deco style neighborhood house built for the Wisper & Wetsman chain in 1938, it was designed by Kenneth S. Frazier. Seating around 1000, the Esquire served as a first-run theater for much of the time it operated, until it was acquired by P & R Theater Company in 1980, and switched to second-run features.

P & R also installed 14 video games in the lobby, which caused the city of Grosse Pointe Park to pass a law that theaters could only have a limit of five video games in their lobbies. Causing another bit of controversy in 1982, P & R screened the notorious adult film "Debbie Does Dallas". A year later, Eric and Ervin Steiner purchased the Esquire not long after it was closed by P & R.

The Steiner brothers divided the Esquire into four small auditoriums, returning to first-run films. In 1988, the city closed the Esquire down and took possession of it, claiming that the theater had become a magnet for illegal activities. It was demolished in 1990.

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Info Updates:
1/29/2004 - Box Office Magazine
February 1959 - Robert C. Bloch, formerly of the Parkside, is operator at the Esquire.
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Esquire Theatre - FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
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