Follies Theatre

1 Cadillac Square,
Detroit, MI 48226

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Kris4077 on November 1, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Sounds like somebody didn’t like the kind of movies this theater was showing so they had it torched.

dallasmovietheaters on November 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm

July 26, 1973 was the date of the fire which ended the building.

rivest266 on November 7, 2015 at 11:36 pm

June 2nd, 1967 opening as Follies in photo section.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 2:15 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm

The building that was converted into the Family Theatre was built in 1872-73 as an office and commercial building. Despite conversion of the upper floors into a hotel in 1880, then back into offices, then back into a hotel again in the 1890s, and finally the gutting of much of the interior for conversion into the Family Theatre in 1909, the facade remained essentially the same for decades. The original architect of the building was Mortimer L. Smith. The building’s history is told on this web page, where it is listed as the Second Williams Block.

kencmcintyre on April 20, 2008 at 1:48 am

Here is a larger version of the LOC photo:

sdoerr on April 13, 2004 at 11:07 pm

Pictures of Fire and Aftermath including the Deep Throat on the marquee: 1, 2, 3