Civic Detroit Theater
12327 Kelly Road,
1 person favorited this theater
Architects: Kenneth S. Frazier
Functions: Furniture Showroom
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Opened in 1941, the Civic Detroit Theater was an Art Moderne style first-run house, which could seat around 1,455, all on a single floor. It was also known at various times as the Detroit Civic Theatre.
In 1980, it was acquired by Eric and Ervin Steiner, who triplexed the auditorium in 1981.
It closed in 1984, and was subsequently used as a furniture warehouse, though it retains some of its original decoration.
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.
Recent comments (view all 5 comments)
The bottom photo is the Civic. The theater visible at the top is the Tower, also in Detroit:
The Civic was the subject of an article in Boxoffice, July 19, 1941. There are several photos. The architect of the Civic was Kenneth S. Frazier, who also designed the Carmen Theatre in Dearborn the same year.
Hello, this is Ann Supanich. I worked at the Civic Theater from December, 1983 to July, 1984. Good times! Does anyone have information on who owns the building now? Is the furniture shop still operating?
1941 photo added courtesy of John Mitten.
Drove by this former theater quite by accident on March 12, 2016. It is in deplorable condition. The neighborhood is not much better. I did take some photos. I had always assumed it was in a busier area with business all around the area. I was mistaken. Not sure why but there is a sign on the side of the building that says Shelby 1 and 2. In any case, I’ll try to upload some of the photos I took.